Poverty is sexist

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Steph in Ghana: Tales from a Development Volunteer

How can poverty be sexist? Does it discriminate against women? Well in a way, yes.

Globally, women and girls make up nearly two thirds of those living extreme poverty. They perform two thirds of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food but earn only 10% of the  income and own just 1% of the world’s property.


I’ve been asking a lot of questions to try and understand why this is. I talked to women’s groups in Kasalgu and Wayamba at ‘Action 2015’ campaign meetings in February and in March I interviewed four women leaders in Tamale as part of VSO’s ‘women in power’ campaign.

After listening carefully I’m starting to understand why women living in poverty seem to have it worse than men in the same situation. It seems to come back to two main issues: Education and participation in decision-making.


Although huge progress has been made in Ghana…

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