Digital developments have aided the recent rise in access to banking. But in many parts of the developing world, the gender gap in financial inclusion has failed to shift in the developing world; in Bangladesh, it has risen significantly. Technology alone can’t provide the solutions, writes Anjali Sarker.
During this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the global advocacy theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo. Key to this initiative, writes Kripa Basnyat, is the fight against sexual harassment at work, and the policy changes that will help ensure workplaces are safe and respectful places for all.
Whether you are funding culture, climate or human rights, different people bring different perspectives. To have a workforce with a range of backgrounds brings fresh ideas, insight and networks. However Rose Longhurst, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow, discovered a surprising resistance to the concept at a recent conference.
The way we approach care work is undeniably gendered, it’s not considered ‘work’ because men have defined what constitutes ‘work’, and traditionally men haven’t done much caring. There is a circular (il)logic at play: we don’t value care because we assume women should be doing it, and because women do it, we don’t value it.
The Adivasi - or tribal communities - make up around 8.6% of India’s population. They are the poorest group in India and are among the most socially marginalised, considered to be ‘outside’ Indian society and stereotyped as lazy, alcoholic, and dirty. And women are further marginalised by their internal social structures.
But, with the introduction of Self Help Groups, the female Adivasi are finding their voice.
If you visit this year’s International Women’s Day website, which I encourage everyone to do, you will be prompted to make a pledge to #PressforProgress. The 2018 theme recognizes the gains women have made, while also acknowledging the progress still needed to reach true gender parity. As I think about the one way (and there are many) I would like to see philanthropy live this year’s theme, it is simple: apply an intersectional lens to our women and girls work.
Jane Anyango is a spirited activist whose courage transcends the ethnic and political divide in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. In 2004 Jane founded PolyCom Development Project, a community initiative in response to the high rates of sexual exploitation of adolescent girls in Kibera. But it was the killing of one of her mentees - a 15-year-old girl - shot by the police during the 2007-2008 post-election demonstrations in Kibera - that triggered Jane to mobilise Kibera women.
A team of LSE researchers, led by Abigail McKnight, and Oxfam experts, led by Alex Prats at Oxfam Intermón in Barcelona, have been working to develop a multi-dimensional inequality framework and toolkit. In this short series of blogs they outline the project’s context and objectives, the Inequality Framework and Toolkit themselves, and the progress of two pilots in Spain and Guatemala. In this first blog Abigail McKnight and Alex Prats discuss the why campaigners should use their Framework to look beyond income inequality.
Cape Town is one of the most unequal spaces in the world’s most unequal country. If you are female, black and poor, you’re more likely to live in a place where there’s high crime, low or no lighting and little access to safe toilets, sanitation or to justice.