Women and the Poverty Problem

Today, many people are fighting for equality between women and men. One example of this is in the workplace where women want to have the same amount of pay as men. Compared to other countries, this issue seems like nothing compared to the problems women face in other less developed countries. I’m not saying that I am not in favor of women having the same rights as men, because I definitely am, but let’s just say that I am very thankful to be living in a developed country.

In undeveloped countries, women face so many hardships. Women do so much work. They have to help with everything, including getting food and water to drink. Often times they must walk miles to get water. They also have the responsibility of taking care of children while they are doing all this work. Several women never get access to education, or get very little of it, because they are expected to work in the home. In Niger only 1 out of every 100 women complete secondary school. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to receive so much education that will help me to get a career. Getting a career will then help me to have money to pay for food, water, and shelter, which many people in underdeveloped nations lack. Educating women will help break the cycle of poverty.

In undeveloped countries, often times, women do not get to make choices on who they will marry and when they will marry. A lot of times, marriages are arranged, and women are married off when they are still young girls to men who are older than them. Then, they are usually not allowed to choose when they want to have kids, and when they want to stop having kids. Often times if women do not produce a son to carry on the family name, she will be harmed for it. I am so thankful that I will be able to make these choices in my own life. One issue, is that women do not have easy access to birth control in some places. Family planning is another option that could help women to control the number of children they have, which will help break the cycle of poverty. According to an article in TIME, “the proportion of women in Malawi who want to delay their next baby or stop having children but who lack access to contraception is around 25%.” This shows that women want to change their lives, but lack the tools they need to do that.

If women are given the tools and power to change their lives, we can help undeveloped countries begin to break free of poverty.



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