Changing the World: Women Hold the Key
Anita Sharpe on Making a Difference
Consider how the world is likely to look in 2025:
* The world population will reach 7.8 billion from 6.3 billion today;
* Most of the growth will happen in the poorest countries of the Middle East and Africa;
* The developed world will see population shrink and age dramatically;
* Drinking water will become so scarce, wars will be fought over it;
* We will rely just as much on hydrocarbons for fuel as we do today, maybe more;
These are the conclusions of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in its Seven Revolutions study, which it has been presenting to business and government groups all over the world.
Listening to the presentation, one thing struck me as obvious: if we can reach and educate young women in the poorest countries and they, in turn, take on more roles outside the home, the birth rate is sure to drop, just as it has in developed countries.
How to do it, of course, is the rub.