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the girl effect

There’s an interesting theory circulating in the world of development, supported by the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, and other smart people. The theory is, in simple terms, that the state of global poverty won’t change until the lives of girls are changed. Why? Because

In the past decade the number of women living in poverty has increased disproportionately to the number of men, particularly in the developing countries. In addition to economic factors, the rigidity of socially ascribed gender roles and women’s limited access to power, education, training and productive resources . . . are also responsible….While poverty affects households as a whole, because of the gender division of labour and responsibilities for household welfare, women bear a disproportionate burden, attempting to manage household consumption and production under conditions of increasing scarcity.

Kimberly posted a link to the following video on her blog, which got me thinking about this issue once again. It’s not saying helping men is less important, but is speaking to what the world could look like if the unequal number of women in poverty had access to different choices.

The Girl Effect on youtube


One thought on “the girl effect

  1. Thanks for posting this. Really really good points to think about and figure out how to act on!!!

    Posted by Teresa | June 19, 2008, 12:12 am

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