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Monday, December 11, 2006

Things that make you go, "Duh!"


BBC News: Gender bias 'increases poverty'

"The UN children's agency, Unicef, found that where women are excluded from family decisions, children are more likely to be under-nourished."

Inequality at home between men and women leads to poorer health for the children and greater poverty for the family, says a new study.

The UN children's agency, Unicef, found that where women are excluded from family decisions, children are more likely to be under-nourished.

There would be 13m fewer malnourished children in South Asia if women had an equal say in the family, Unicef said.

Unicef surveyed family decision-making in 30 countries around the world.

Their chief finding is that equality between men and women is essential to lowering poverty and improving health, especially of children, in developing countries.

The conclusions are contained in the agency's State of the World's Children 2007 report.

Lack of opportunities

Read it all at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/south_asia/6162959.stm

3 comments:

MadPriest said...

Oi, Kaeton!
Keep on your own side of the pond!

Anyway, "Of course, I could be wrong..." has some excelent and incisive commentary to go with this news report in which he has some quite nice things to say about wimmin (or woymmin or whatever you call wenches over there).

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Oi, Jonathan,
You think you're the only one who reads the BBC??

And, it's "womyn" - for those of us who speak English and are politically correct.

Weiwen Ng said...

and praise be to God, microcredit programs such as Grameen Bank (the founder of which won this year's Nobel Peace Prize) are going some way towards reducing poverty among women in developing countries...

not so big into the PC stuff :)

that having been said, there is a long way to go before we accomplish that particular MDG.