Updated Background Draft

Introduction

In the last few decades, women’s empowerment has been the catch phrase for myriad governmental and NGO initiatives on the local, national and global scale. Many other goals may be met by increasing women's empowerment; such as child mortality and eradicating illiteracy. Education and gainful employment are two facets of women's empowerment which are progress indicators in developing countries. GVAN concentrates on gainful employment, with the aim of economic and social empowerment of women in the developing world by connecting these women with women in the United States who are of limited means. Through the partnership, women in both developing countries and the United States will build a sustainable model for financial sustainability and economic growth; both elements will build the momentum to increase women's empowerment.

[Note: Add US Poverty Statistics for Women http://gvan.wikidot.com/us-women-poverty-statistics]

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