Dramatic Setback for Equality in the World
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 6th March 2009 - Sida's Director General Anders Nordström presents a new analysis of the effects of the financial crisis: Swedish companies must help to save women living in poverty in the world. After a certain time delay, the financial crisis is now hitting the world's impoverished nations. Those particularly affected are poverty stricken women. A new analysis of the situation that Sida has conducted together with researchers from Stockholm University shows why women living in poverty are at risk of becoming the crisis' biggest losers: Less girls are permitted to attend school; Female dominated professions like, for example, the textile industry risk being affected particularly hard; more women are forced into prostitution; and violence against women tends to increase in times of crisis.
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