Videos Poverty will never be removed without the participation of women Ela Bhattgender equalitygender equalitygender equality Share this: 16 July 2009 Ela Bhatt argues that the work of women must be recognised, recorded and enhanced if poverty is ever to be tackled effectively. FEATURED ELDERS Ela Bhatt The ‘gentle revolutionary’; a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development, founder of the more than 1 million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association in India. Related content Economic prosperity cannot be realised until women's rights are recognised Lakhdar Brahimi argues that economic prosperity can never be realised until women's rights are fully recognised. 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.