Monthly Archives: July 2011

Empowering women by microfinance!?

Against the background of an increasing feminization of poverty in the developing world, microfinance programs represent important means for promoting women’s empowerment. However, most of these programs are only focussed on individual and purely economic empowerment but do not involve … Continue reading

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160 Million “missing” women

“The tragedy of the world’s 160 million missing girls isn’t that they’re “missing.” The tragedy is that they’re dead.” In 1990, the economist Amartya Sen published an essay in The New York Review of Books with a bombshell title: “ … Continue reading

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Gender stereotypes – Germany still in the backwoods?!

A recent NY Times report states that Germany is a place where gender stereotypes remain engrained in the mind, and in key institutions across society. Only about 14 percent of German mothers with one child resume full-time work, and only … Continue reading

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