Gender Inclusiveness: Building Resilience and Sustaining Poverty Escapes

Providing equality of opportunity for women and men requires a commitment to equality and empowerment for all women, regardless of their other social group memberships like class, ethnic/racial group or caste. As empowerment improves intergenerational wellbeing and contributes to escapes from poverty that are sustained over time, it is also critical for poverty eradication.

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Poverty dynamics and social protection - what do we need to get to zero poverty?

Shofiqul, from Jessore district, Bangladesh, is now 60 years old. During the 1990s, he cultivated rice, jute, wheat and lentils on his own land.  By the early 2000s, him and his family were doing very well. Now however, he says that his family has fallen to its lowest level; “in present we only eat rice with salt…in the last few years I have only dreamed about buying an egg. In the last five years, I am unable to give any saree, soap and oil to my wife.”

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