Hikmet Ersek
President & CEO, Western Union

"International Women's Day is an opportunity to shine a light on the accomplishments of women, especially the hundreds of millions that cross borders and are economic change agents for their families, their home countries, and their host nations across the globe.

"This day is also about acknowledging the nations that enable these women to succeed and pave the way for immeasurable possibilities. We call upon the world community to further recognize the skills of these women, drive greater integration and magnify their opportunity so they are prepared for 21st century careers.

"Mr. Ersek joins a host of global leaders in recognizing the contributions of women around the world on this International Women's Day and supports the #IWD2016 #PledgeForParity campaign.

"Of the 247 million migrants around the world women account for nearly 50 percent, and are set to move half of the estimated US $601 billion that will cross borders in 2016 [i]. More than 75 percent of these remittances flow into developing countries, underpinning a powerful economic dialogue between families from one side of the globe to the other.

"These women move money as much as men but at a greater percentage of their income. They are better educated with three in 10 having attained a university education, compared to about two in 10 of their male counterparts. These women have attained higher education and have lower overall employment rates than men, a pattern observed globally as well as across developed nations."

[i] World Bank Migration and Remittances fact book 2016

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