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The pandemic will push 47 million more women and girls below the poverty line, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty.
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On International Day of Rural Women, 15 October, the National Federation of Farmers and the Network for Rural Development in the former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, in partnership with the Faculty for Agricultural Sciences and Food, supported by the Swedish Cooperative Centre We Effect and UN Women, organized an event to spotlight the importance of social and economic development of women living in rural areas.
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Anastasia Muntyan, 28, is a Roma woman who lives in a village near Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. She is renting a small house with her husband and two children, but lives in near poverty and faces many obstacles as a representative of an ethnic minority. She recently participated in a UN Women training on the human rights of Roma Women, which helped her understand her rights as a citizen and act upon them.
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A 20 square metre room with one window is the only home that Semiha Xhani, and her eight-year old son have known. Since her divorce six years ago, Xhani has lived with constant financial insecurity. Things got worse when two years ago her former father-in-law registered the house under his name without her knowledge, and tried to get her evicted.
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Social and economic crisis, on-going armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and government austerity measures reinforce Ukraine’s gender imbalances and lead to the feminization of poverty, according to participants of a high-level meeting in Kiev.
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Prioritising state spending to expand Turkey's social care service infrastructure would create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, improve gender equality in the labour market and reduce poverty through dual earner households, according to a landmark study prepared by Istanbul Technical University Women's Studies Center.
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İpek İlkkaracan, Kijong Kim and Tolga Kaya are authors of the study The Impact of Public Investment in Social Care Services on Employment, Gender Equality and Poverty: The Turkish Case prepared by Istanbul Technical University Women's Studies Centre and the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, in partnership with ILO, UNDP and UN Women.
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In Kazakhstan food basket is developed with due regard being given to the needs and demands of women and children for the first time.