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The United Nations (UN) said the world will lose from gender discrimination but acknowledged that countries with greater equality are more competitive and grow faster.

It said about a billion women fall short of their potential economic contribution due to barriers in decision-making, labour markets, financial services, education and training, among other areas.

The UN Women 2011-2012 report , made available to the GNA in Accra, said since women’s role would be fundamental, UN would continue to champion women’s empowerment and gender equality as central to all solutions and successes.

It said women could and do drive forward growth and social inclusion and with their leadership and full participation, sustainability and justice were within reach.

The report said around the world, the rates of violence against women and girls continue to be staggeringly high and this pervasive human rights violation affects all countries and communities.

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