Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:30 pm on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Laura Farris Laura Farris Conservative, Newbury 4:30 pm, 11th March 2020

On that point, although there have been really significant improvements in the employment of women, particularly in the developing countries of the Commonwealth, the fact remains that they lag behind significantly—as my hon. Friend’s statistics demonstrate—primarily because of poor literacy. In sub-Saharan Africa, 70% of women are illiterate whether they live in urban or rural settings, and that is usually linked to the size of their families and burdens at home. Does my hon. Friend agree about the imperative to improve girls’ education in developing countries as the critical determinant of whether they will be able to participate in trade in an equal way?