The No-Nonsense Guide to Women's Rights (No-Nonsense Guides) by Nikki van der Gaag

By Nikki van der Gaag

Has the conflict for women's rights been received? no longer while girls nonetheless make up 70 in keeping with cent of the world's terrible. This consultant examines the advances which have been made – extra girls operating, extra ladies being informed, but in addition appears to be like underneath the outside to determine what the truth is for ladies everywhere in the international. There are nonetheless thousands of pointless deaths in childbirth; actual and sexual attack is common and a few rights are being eroded through spiritual fundamentalism.

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Women living in poverty are often denied access to critical resources such as credit, land and inheritance. Their labor goes unrewarded and unrecognized. Their health care and nutritional needs are not given priority, they lack sufficient access to education and support services, and their participation in decisionmaking at home and in the community are minimal. And often they lack the resources and services to change their situation. This should have changed. ‘Development’ in the last 15 years has seen a major focus on ‘gender’.

Non-governmental organizations ostensibly subscribed to these gender concepts, but many were found to be skeptical and were just repeating the terms in order to access donor funding, or ‘masquerading’ – pretending to understand and support new gender terminology and concepts while rejecting them because they clashed with their own beliefs or position in society. Only a few ‘gender embracers’ were found, who were committed to addressing gender inequalities in their organizations and communities.

When he asked how soon they could start work, Olga and Vica both agreed to leave Chisinau a week later. Olga and Vica left Chisinau on a minibus with eight other Moldovan women who believed they were going to Italy too. After crossing the border to Romania they drove on narrow country roads avoiding towns and cities. Olga was already uneasy. She had been given a fake passport at the border and instinctively knew something was wrong: but she was intimidated and, like the others, said nothing. They were all constantly watched.

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