In BusinessDay: Purse strings and power: Sassa cards’ surprise benefits empower women. In South Africa, women who opened a new bank account gained decision-making power in their homes. They were more likely to become the person in the household who decides about day-to-day purchases or how cash is spent.
In the New York Times: Young Rural Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams. Experiments like one in Bangalore, luring migrants to fill factory jobs, collide with an old way of life that keeps women and girls in seclusion until an arranged marriage.
In the New York Times: In India, a Small Band of Women Risk It All for a Chance to Work. The Indian Constitution guarantees equality under the law. But for women facing a patriarchal social order, strict caste rules and centuries of traditions, that guarantee means little.