Women in enterprise development: Bangladesh perspective

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Over the last three decades, there has been a dramatic increase in concern with developing and adopting strategies to address the question of feminisation of poverty. Women in Third World countries, like Bangladesh, face many social difficulties and economic deprivation. Social structures and the state environment are not favourable for the social development and economic upliftment of women. Despite several positive interventions and affirmative actions undertaken by the Government over the last three decades, the position of women have not improved up to the level of expectations desired by the society.
?Women constitute not only half of the world’s population, but also sway the growth of the other half. They produce half of the world’s food supply and account for 60% of the work force, but comprise 10% of the world’s economy and surprisingly own less than 1.0% of the real estate. They have little access to productive resources and negligible control over family income. This discrimination is the consequence of gender bias which forms an inherent part of the global society.
Despite such investments in time and labour by women, why is there so much discrimination, inequality and why are women termed as “poorest of the poor”?
Of the world’s 1.3 billion people living in abject poverty, it is estimated that nearly 70% are women.

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Source: Financial Express (link opens in a new window)