Sunday, April 12, 2009

Gender Equality, a Tool to Fight Poverty

According to the UN Division for the Advancement of Women, 70% of the world's poor are women. For the most part, this is a result of the gender inequality which is so prevalent in many countries. While men can easily obtain credit, women are denied this privilege due to regional laws and cultural practices. Even though women do a majority of the agricultural work along with household duties and childcare, they earn only about 50-70% of what the men earn. To help countries struggling with poverty, it is important to build gender equality and establish an easier access to education for women. Providing impoverished women with more resources will play a major role in poverty alleviation because of their influence in the home.