Variants of this quote have been cropping up a great deal recently:
It is not acceptable for women to constitute
70 per cent of the world’s 1.3 billion absolute poor. Nor is it acceptable for
women to work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, but earn only one-tenth
of the world’s income and own less than one-tenth of the world’s property.
I’ve been going a little nuts trying to find the source because, well, I wasn’t able to get the quote right.
In the excellent Penguin Atlas of Women in the World, in the ‘Feminisms’ entry, I found a lead. It was said by Noeleen Heyzer, Director of UNIFEM, at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. You can find the full text here.