Women represent roughly 50 percent of the world’s population, yet many do not have equal rights. Women also make up roughly 60 percent of the world’s working poor, and many are exploited in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
A recent report shows the wealth disparity between women and men in poor countries is around $9 trillion U.S. dollars.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says equality for women would be progress for all.
The Heat looks at what it would take to improve opportunities for women around the world.
In the second part of the discussion, The Heat looks at the gender pay gap, lack of paid maternity leave and sexism in the workplace.
- Elizabeth Weingarten, the associate director of the Global Gender Parity Initiative.
- Jacqueline Newman, a lawyer and women’s rights defender.