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Governments Must Step Up So Women Don't Have to Step In

What role should governments play in providing basic necessities? And who fills the gaps when governments and private companies fall short? The aftermath of the 2007-2008 bread crisis in Egypt highlights the many ways that women compensate when governments and others can't supply basic needs such as health care, education and social services. However, when social provisions are strengthened, women thrive and make numerous contributions, including economic ones. This benefits everyone, not just women. Read more

Photographer Khaled Hasan depicts a stone mining community in Jaflong, Bangladesh, where lack of regulation leads to exploitative conditions for workers.
An increasing number of women from Ukraine are migrating to Italy to take jobs as caregivers. But what about these womens' families back in their home countries?
Some regions in Northern India are home to many impoverished women struggling to support themselves and their families. Elena Fava Emerson shares a glimpse of these women and their daily struggles
The International Food Policy Research Institute's latest Global Hunger Index shows that global hunger and gender inequality are inextricably linked.
Leading public health expert Indira Chakravarty talks with I.M.O.W. about the simple public policies that could help women in developing countries, such as India, reach their full economic potential.
Over the past year, prices of even the most basic foods have become too expensive for the world's poor. The result? Millions of families are enduring extreme hunger or starvation--particularly women and children.
One woman explains the moral and economic perils of the violent enslavement and trafficking of women worldwide.
Women in the Middle East usually don't work outside the home--but that's beginning to change. Jennifer Olmsted talks about work in the Arab world.
Listen to the stories of women in Beirut as they share their experiences as underpaid and frequently abused domestic workers.
Photographer Masud Alam Liton gives us a startling and stark look at the lives of sex workers in a community in Bangladesh.
Eudine Barriteau says that unemployment, gender discrimination, lack of international support and a large percentage of female-headed households are putting economic pressure on Caribbean citizens.
Artist Diane Bush distorts photographs with bleach to evoke the scars of women who were victims of acid attacks.
Are the recent food and financial crises the start of a global collapse for our planet as well as our economy? Lester Brown says yes, and lays out his plan for recovery in a new book.
Scholars from the Women's Global Health Imperative argue that giving women economic opportunities doesn't just reduce poverty; it can also reduce their risk of getting HIV/AIDS.

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