Poor and Female — a Double Curse in Pakistan
It’s not like women in Pakistan have it easy, no matter what their financial status is or where they live. They are living in a society that is oppressive at best, misogynistic and downright cruel at its worst. This is why the World Economic Forum’s 2012 Gender Gap Report ranked […]
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Delhi’s homeless women: the street, my shelter, my home
The past couple of years women have been raising their voices in cities all across the world. And it all began in the Canadian city of Ontario, sparked by a Toronto police officer’s contemptuous comment that “women should avoid dressing like sluts” if they wanted to avoid harassment on the […]
Quito vs. The Countryside: Where is poverty worse for women?
Here in the Andes of South America, $2000-3000 USD a year is good money for the average family. Young kids at the Working Boys’ Center in Quito, Ecuador help contribute to their family’s financial well-being. After a normal school day, students here help make and sell crafts, but the projects […]
Russian women snared by poverty, enslaved by human trafficking?
“The average salary in Russia is based on the premise that one person earns RUB 2 million while the other 99 earn RUB 8000 per month. So taken together they earn RUB 27,000 on average. Simply put, Petya has 10 apples and Vasya has no apples. So on the average, […]
The Silent Economy: Mexico’s Forgotten Women Workers
Far beyond the aggregated numbers of an urban economy lies a silent and untraceable population working everyday to sustain entire families, doing whatever is humanly possible to get out of poverty. From the woman picking up garbage to housemaids, prostitutes, newspaper sellers, housewives and “viene vienes” (those who illegally rent […]