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Feminized Poverty Worldwide

The gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen with every passing year, because for all the opportunities and wealth that the era of globalization has brought for the privileged citizens of many countries, economic prosperity does not immediately “trickle down”—as some would so like to believe.

Those living in poverty experience the darker side of globalization: many transnational companies manage to operate with minimal to no regulation, exposing their workers to an array of conditions that violate human rights. Not only are the women that work in these environments earning extremely low wages and offered no job security, but they are also at risk for injuries, illnesses, or even death.

Some important statistics:  

“Women do two thirds of the
world’s work…. Yet they earn
only one tenth of the world’s
income and own less than
one percent of the world’s
property. They are among the
poorest of the world’s poor.”

~Barber B. Conable Jr., President
of the World Bank, to the 1986
Annual Meeting of the World
Bank and International Monetary Fund

Impact of Global Crises

The true extent of the effects of both the curent global economic crisis and the damage being done to the environment can not yet be fully measured. However, the world's poorest are also the most vulnerable--so major changes in economic and enviornmental conditions can easily prove fatal.