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22 Jan 2015

Shefali Misra, Huffington Post

Why Obama And Modi's Talks Mean Little For Half-A-Billion Indian Women

Obama's visit, however, will be a high point that will give two new friends another opportunity to forge collaborations aimed at boosting economic growth...But this opportunity will all be for naught if Obama and Modi miss the chance to touch on an integral issue that impacts it all: the tragic state of security and rights of women and girls in India...India has more than half-a-billion women who can substantially contribute to the labour market, as entrepreneurs generating profits and build capital. However, so far prioritising them is seen merely as a social good and not integral to economic progress.