Videos Economic prosperity cannot be realised until women's rights are recognised gender equalitygender equalitygender equalityLakhdar Brahimi Share this: 26 June 2009 Lakhdar Brahimi argues that economic prosperity can never be realised until women's rights are fully recognised. FEATURED ELDERS Lakhdar Brahimi Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction. Related content Poverty will never be removed without the participation of women Ela Bhatt argues that the work of women must be recognised, recorded and enhanced if poverty is ever to be tackled effectively. If your wife is your equal then you and your family will only gain Lakhdar Brahimi argues that when men treat their wives as their equal, they will only gain. Education is the foundation for women's equality Graça Machel and Fernando Henrique Cardoso argue that education is the single most important issue to lay the foundations of women's equality.