Gender-based inequality not only harms women and girls but also causes deep damage to entire communities and nations. UNICEF knows that social and economic justice, the foundations of global well-being, can only be achieved by ensuring women's rights to equality. Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities and to improved prospects for the next generation. Thus, UNICEF integrates gender equity into its lifesaving programs in over 150 countries around the world, working tirelessly to provide women and girls with access, protection, and development of their potential. Gender equality is a moral and ethical imperative as UNICEF works to do whatever it takes to save a child.