The Gender Trap: Women, Violence and Poverty

Women earn only 10 per cent of the world’s income although they do two-thirds of the world’s work, they form half of the world’s population yet 2/3rds of the world’s poorest are women.

In some countries discrimination exists despite equality laws, in others it is systemic and entrenched in the legal system. Combined with poverty and minority status it can be – and is – lethal to thousands of women every year by way of violence and pregnancy. Discrimination leads to a lack of education, which leads to poverty, abuse and exploitation and further discrimination, which closes the vicious cycle of poverty.

However, women are not passive victims, often they are the most committed and successful agents of change, not only for their own families and communities but for the whole of society.

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Author: Jerlene

6 thoughts on “The Gender Trap: Women, Violence and Poverty

  1. “Women earn only 10 per cent of the world’s income although they do two-thirds of the world’s work, they form half of the world’s population yet 2/3rds of the world’s poorest are women.”

    Good God, woe-men doing 2/3rd of the world’s work! I was under a very strong impression that woe-men are really good at only four things: cooking, cleaning, having babies and ……

  2. Well, woe-men ain’t exactly helpless anywhere though they need to empowered a lot more in some places such as in the Muslim countries and other ‘conservative’ societies.

    American woe-men, as I said before, are damn lucky. They get the best of everything.

  3. Well, woe-men ain’t exactly helpless anywhere though they need to be empowered a lot more in some places such as in the Muslim countries and other ‘conservative’ societies.

    American woe-men, as I said before, are damn lucky. They get the best of everything.

  4. I think the issue lies heavily with the probem of stereotypes and what is ‘socially acceptable’ for different genders, which is why it is important women are transgressing and challenging what society perceives is acceptable for them. 🙂

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