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Uncovering women’s burden of “unseen” work
By Dil Rahut, Aichurek Kurmanbekova and Subhasis Bera. Posted May 1, 2023
Unpaid contributions to production and consumption in households remain excluded from the narrow economic definition of work but are essential to welfare.
Putting an end to the social disease of domestic violence
By Aichurek Kurmanbekova, Dil Rahut and Subhasis Bera. Posted March 8, 2023
Domestic abuse is not a minor problem but a public health disease that affects millions of women around the globe.
Global survey points to progress on financial inclusion but stubborn gender gaps in Asia
By Peter J. Morgan. Posted July 29, 2022
Asia has seen steady overall progress on financial inclusion, but gender gaps are still growing in some countries.
Does sanitation access improve schooling outcomes for girls and boys?
By Ma. Laarni Revilla and KE Seetha Ram. Posted December 10, 2020
All the sanitation improvement projects and investments over the years beg the question of whether we have seen a significant increase in school enrollment and gender parity in education or not. While most empirical studies on sanitation focus on the relationship between sanitation and health, recent studies have now looked into the downstream impacts of sanitation on other development indicators, such as those related with education and gender.
How can trade liberalization boost women’s employment and well-being? An analysis of the Thai labor market
By Upalat Korwatanasakul. Posted August 17, 2020
As the economy is a gendered structure, trade liberalization affects women and men differently in various dimensions and through different channels. Trade liberalization causes structural transformation in terms of production and, therefore, leads to changes in employment patterns and income. However, the effect of trade is heterogenous across different sectors.
Is female entrepreneurship a coping strategy during crises?
By Saumik Paul and Vengadeshvaran Sarma. Posted October 26, 2018
The recent global economic crisis, with its peak in 2008, resulted in a decline in global gross domestic product. It led to unstable financial markets and a lag in private sector demand (World Bank 2010). Its consequences, especially for the labor market, have been most unfortunate. In many countries, workers lost their jobs, wage earnings declined, and work hours shortened (World Bank 2011).
Economic impacts of obesity in the Republic of Korea
By Wankyo Chung. Posted April 26, 2017
Obesity is a state of excessive body fat accumulation and is difficult to measure. Body mass index (BMI)—defined as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters—has been used traditionally for its simplicity and the availability of data. Although shortcomings of using BMI have been acknowledged, its correlation with body fat percentage and its sensitivity in diagnosing obesity based on the body fat percentage have been verified for Korean people (Chung et al. 2016).
Inclusive development: can trade be good for women?
By Ben Shepherd. Posted December 26, 2016
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlight the need to achieve gender equality and to empower women and girls. Development that is truly inclusive clearly requires special attention to outcomes affecting more than half of the world’s population—yet historically, a group that has seen discrimination in law and fact over a long period.
Women helping women: key to economic growth in Asia
By Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Liesl Riddle. Posted November 28, 2012
In the next 50 years, most economic growth worldwide will take place outside the G7 countries. But that’s only half the story. Who are the people who will be the driving force for this growth? Many will be women. But too seldom conversations about economic growth turn a blind eye to gender issues, despite the fact that women comprise more than half of the global economy, 40% of the global workforce (Commonwealth Workforce Council), and $20+ trillion in financial spending worldwide (International Finance Corporation 2011). Women have a multiplier effect as consumers, building markets as they make the majority of purchase decisions in households. The question is not whether women will contribute to the future global economy but by how much – and where.
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