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  • Salvadoran First Lady, Vanda Pignato, receives a hug from a supporter at an International Women's Day event in San Salvador. Photo by Jamie Stark.

    Steps toward equality amidst machismo in El Salvador

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    SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR – Small signs of support for gender equality are popping up here in Central America. Women’s rights are more than pressing here in El Salvador, the nation with the highest rate of femicide in the world. Yet changes are evident and increasingly popular. The current left-leaning […]

  • Gender equality is crucial for sustained economic growth

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      Bangladesh recently had a new statistic to flaunt- a 26% drop in poverty over the past decade. Yet as encouraging as this macro-economic achievement might be, there is still no reason to get too enthusiastic about it, given that deep seated inequality in Bangladeshi society continues to put the brakes […]

  • A woman’s worth less?

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    When Jane opened a letter from her manager about her request for a pay rise, she was overcome with that sinking feeling that many Australian working women know only too well. After 13 years as a medical receptionist at an inner city Melbourne medical practice, not only did the response […]

  • The Silent Economy: Mexico’s Forgotten Women Workers

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    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 […]

  • Empowering Young Women in South Africa’s Townships

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    Poverty and unemployment are chronic ailments that afflict much of South Africa’s scattered township population. These townships, known as shanty towns in much of the rest of the world, comprise a large percentage of the overall population of the country and therefore any conversation about South Africa’s future cannot be […]