PBS NewsHour – Larisa Eptako – March 8, 2018
The global picture for girls is improving with more girls attending school than ever before and countries outlawing child marriage, said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for International Women’s Day. But women still face sexual harassment and domestic abuse, and are widely underpaid, as the #MeToo movement can attest.
Oklahoma City-based World Neighbors is one group that’s pushing for change by teaching women about money management and helping them form credit and savings programs in poor, rural parts of the world.
“By women starting to make money and becoming financially literate, they can gain status in the community,” said Kate Schecter, the organization’s president and chief executive officer. At first, many husbands resist their wives’ participation, but once they see people’s lives improving in the neighboring community, they want it for themselves, she said.
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