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Asian women workers risk "persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation"

Asian women workers risk "persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation" | Poverty Assignment by Daryl Tan | Scoop.it

BANGKOK (TrustLaw) – Women workers in Asia face the risk of “persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation” despite a recovering economy and their huge potential due to prejudice, according to a report by the International Labour Organisation and Asian Development Bank. A large majority of women here are stuck in lower-end, lower-pay jobs in vulnerable, informal and insecure sectors with little social protection and at the lowest rung of the global supply chain, it said. While progress has been made in past decades addressing gender inequalities, “discrimination against women remains pervasive throughout the labour markets of the region,” Women and labour markets in Asia: Rebalancing Gender Equality said. According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is losing $24 billion to $47 billion annually because of women’s limited access to employment opportunities and another $16 billion to $30 billion as a result of gender gaps in education.
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Via Cindy Sullivan, Niu Zi Bin
Daryl Tan's insight:

In many parts of Asia, women are not given basic education rights. Their families do not send them to school because the priority is very often given to the males, in the pre-dominantly male-dominated Asian societies. With better education, women can imporve their lot in society. The International Labour Organisation and Asian Development Bank are right in urging governments and employers in the region to take into account in equality between male and female workers in terms of pay, working conditions, nature of work and protection. I feel that gender equality should be taken into account in the workforce.

Tan Jun Wei's curator insight, February 3, 2013 1:28 PM

This is my insight using one of the thinking methods. As stated in the article, a large majority of women are stuck in lower-end, lower-pay jobs in vulenrable, informal and insecure sectors with little social protection. According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is losing $24 billion to $47 billion annually because of women's limited access to employment opportunites and another $16 billion to $30 billion as a result of gender gaps in education. I think that both males and females should be treated equally the same with the same job opportunites and also recieving proper education as both males and females ara humans too and therefore we need to have the same job opportunies and recieve proper education so that we can earn enough money for ourselves and family and also to help out with the growth of the country. I wonder if the government or any other organisations will help out by setting up campaigns to support the idea of both males and females to have equal rights.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:58 AM

Although the poverty gender gap is higher than any other developed country, the “feminization of poverty” is a global problem. This is not because women do less work. Quite the opposite: Women produce half of the world’s food and by some estimates work two-thirds of the world’s working hours. Women and men did different work based on the demands of childbearing and the community’s reproduction, but all people were valued for their contributions to the survival of their society. Women were held in the highest esteem. Once society separated into social classes, however, women were pushed into a subordinate role. Men dominated private property and its inheritances from generation to generation. Women became the property of their fathers and husbands in the same way that slaves were the property of their owners. Women, both enslaved and free, were largely without independent property and legal rights. Under feudalism, the product of their labours, both in the home and outside of it, was controlled by the men.

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:09 AM

This article depicts the inequality of the priviledges of the females and the males. The males are seen as superior, having a more stable job than the females, who were given a lesser paying job. However, gender discrimination is not something that can be easily passed off as both genders contribute an equal amount of hard work, except that they contribute to different categories in the industry, based on their strengths. I think that females should also be given a chance to have a proper job, especially females who have a family to support. There might be females that are able to do a better job than the males in that particular job. Will this kind of gender discrimination continue to affect the poverty of those families?

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Youth, Poverty and Mental Health

The mental health issues people experience cannot be considered separately from areas of development such as education, emergency response, employment, and human rights.

Via Jane Young
Daryl Tan's insight:

From the article, we can conclude that poverty and the state of one's mental and physical health are closely linked. Without question, the majority of people who experience mental and psychosocial disabilities live in poverty. They also face unreasonable barriers related to finding work or attending school. Due to these factors, they are far more likely to experience other health issues and premature death in comparison with the general population. I like that the writer gives good suggestions on how to improve outcomes for people with mental and psychosocial disabilities, and strategies to enhance the mental health of these young people.

Noemi Arlante Intes's curator insight, February 1, 2013 2:24 AM


My insight using see-think-wonder method. What I have saw, and read about this article is in a sentence is that mental health, has a huge impact on their physical health and the same vice versa. There is also the mental health among children that also affects not only their health, but the access to education. What I think that this is horrible way to act towards the people who are suffering. Just so because they have depression, conduct disorder or any other kind of mental illness, they don’t deserve to be shunned out of health insurance. What I wonder about this article? Are the government or the people who are in higher statuses who have heard about this are going let this happen? Do they even appear to know? Why are they restricting people who have mental health? Are they even doing anything at all? 

Mohamed Ridhwaan's curator insight, February 2, 2013 11:00 PM

This is my third insigth on Poverty, eloaborating more on Health. Prophet Muhammad once said that we should take advantage of 4 things in our lives: Wealth before Poverty, Good Health before Sickness, Youth Before Old and Free Time before we are Busy. For now, I will take more about the ' Good Helath before Sickness' point. Why is it considered a advantage? Something we should all think about. For example, imagine you are bed-ridden and you have Final-Year Examintion on that day itself. How would you do the important papers? If you were mentally and physically fit, you could have done the paper because of your perfect health condition. So in short, if we have good health, there is a possibility that we could do anything. 

Merci Goh's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:48 AM

Using the See Think Wonder routine. From This Acticle I can see that the majority of people who exprience mental and psychosocial disabilities live in poverty. They also experience poor physical health and are subjected to human rights violations as well. I think that people who have mental health are mostly due to the way they are treated by society as a whole. People who experience mental and psychosocial disabilities also experience restrictions to their abilities to access needed health and social care. The majority of people with mental health disabilities face unreasonable barriers related to finding work or attending school. Due to these factors, people with mental health disabilities are far more likely to experience other forms of disabilities as well and premature death in comparison with the general population. I wonder why do this people with Mental disabilities have to be treated differently from the others, they do not want to have this disabilities too. But yet people still make fun of them.

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Poverty and Water in Africa

Poverty and Water in Africa | Poverty Assignment by Daryl Tan | Scoop.it
Learn how poverty relief in Africa begins with access to clean water. Discover how water can help end poverty and hunger.

Via waimoe, Bernice Phua Rui Yi
Daryl Tan's insight:

From the article "Poverty and Water in Africa", I have learnt that one of the greatest causes of poverty is the lack of clean drinking water. Without it, one cannot grow food, build housing, stay healthy, stay in school nor keep working. People have to spend an incredible amount of time searching for water in order to survive.I feel very blessed to be living in a country where clean water is readily available. With this basic necessity, we can study and work, thereby gaining greater economic returns. I feel that we do take things for granted. Having read this, I realise the importance of conserving water, and how poverty and water are related.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:13 AM

Water is essential for life. Safe, abundant water is vital to our ability to prosper and fulfilled our potential. Without it, we face a continual decline in our well-being. No access to clean water, and almost no access to clean sanitation, causing widespread suffering from malaria, typhoid, dysentery and many other diseases.  These illness not only stop people working, going to school and causing pain but they kill many more young children before the age of 5 than happens in the developed world. They also kill people younger so children are left without parents and people in work die off leaving projects unfinished, and expertise gaps.  Apart from this effect upon our health, the loss of productivity that results from water-related illnesses holds back our progress. Population is growing rapidly each year, but the lack of safe water and sanitation reduces our economic growth at twice that rate. And a growing population must be properly fed. We need to increase our water production by half. How will we achieve this without reducing the amount and quality of the remaining water resources which we will need for drinking and sanitation? Clearly, the provision of sustainable, clean water for our people should be high priority. Sustainable supplies of water, its better management and protection are the key to this success - just as increased agricultural productivity holds the key to spreading prosperity and our other development goals.

Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 2014 12:12 PM
Water is the most essential and basic need for anyone or any countries. In Africa, there is an extremely limited sources of water. This makes the lives of people there more and more difficult. Besides, there are already many problems have appeared in Africa, the government has not taken any measures to solve them. In other words, the solutions may not be very efficient. To reduce poverty in Africa, the government as well as the whole society must think of solutions to help. For example, water can be transported from other countries to Africa. Although it will be costing a great amount of money, it is necessary. Charities can be set up, however, to prevent corruption, things for daily use or supplies can be collected instead of money.
Cappy's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:24 PM

Poverty may be a result of many man made causes, but one of the greatest causes of poverty is also the most overlooked, which is the lack of access to clean water. Lack of water is often an obstacle in helping oneself. You can’t grow food, built house, stay healthy, and children would have no time for school. People spend couple hours a day to find and transport any water they can find whether it’s clean or not. Their containers can weigh up to a lot, and they need to carry it almost more than three hours everyday. It is estimated that the Sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40 billion hours per year collecting water. These people don’t have enough time to do anything else because they lose about 3 hours each day collecting water. The Water Project is trying to help by providing clean water, using money from donations they will create wells.

I realised that children in dry regions of Africa are using most of their time to find and transport water. This left them with less time for their education and other activities. Poverty is also the result of people lacking time to develop their wealth. When clean water is provided, people’s health improved, and hunger will be reduced because water is provided for the crops. The article tells me that it is possible to break Africa’s poverty cycle by providing access to clean water.

I realised how much Africa’s climate can affect people’s way of life, and how much it changed their life. I do agree that we should provide the people access to clean water to reduce their time on getting water and to let them use their time on something else. Most of the water people found were dirty and uncleaned, which result in infected residents from waterborne diseases. I think that providing clean water to these people is the best way to cure poverty.

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training | Poverty Assignment by Daryl Tan | Scoop.it
For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

Via britishroses
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Based in San Francisco, "Students Rising Above' (SRA), an award-winning nonprofit, has built a model which looks into the issue of the crisis in college completion rates among low-income students and other disadvantaged youths. SRA helps promising students to break the cycle of poverty through education and job training. A college degree is essential in obtaining meaningful employment. However, the expense of college is beyond reach for many young Americans. SRA also helps students transit into the workforce with its College2Career. 

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.


Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.


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Rising Food Prices Intensify Poverty, Hunger In U.S. And World

Rising Food Prices Intensify Poverty, Hunger In U.S. And World | Poverty Assignment by Daryl Tan | Scoop.it

"Global food prices continue to rise," begins a recent report by the World Bank. Between October 2010 and January 2011, the Bank's food price index increased by 15 percent, and the global prices of wheat, maize, sugar and edible oils have all increased sharply. (RT @Truth247: Rising Food Prices Intensify Poverty, Hunger In U.S. & World http://huff.to/dLurhu ||No COLA 4 SocSec 4 2 yrs. $250 payment blocked by GOP)

Via Jeff Makana
Daryl Tan's insight:

With the food prices rising globally, more and more people in U.S and the rest of the world are having more difficulty putting food on the table. In 2007 and 2008, prices of many staple crops doubled in a year and millions went hungry. Between October 2010 and January 2011, there was another food price-spike.

Years ago, the food crisis used to be widespread only in poorer countries. However, this is not so now. As the food crisis looms ahead, I wonder if the world governments would be able to resolve this seemingly urgent situation?

Keith Khoo's curator insight, February 2, 2013 8:27 PM

Before reading this article, just by looking at the picture i thought to myself "woah , what are they having here , a sale ?", but after reading the article i realise those people are at the food banks getting food as they are incapable of buying food as the price has rose quite a bit. This made me to ponder , "why did the gouverment not see this coming and make preparations , like growing their own crops then they do not have to worry about the prices" but then i saw that about 16 percent of the people in America were hit by the rising price of food so i doubt that plan would even help . Finally it led to to wonder that if the prices continue to go up what will happen to those people who still cannot afford it?

Mohamed Hasir Marican's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:26 AM

Before i read this article, i thought that only Asia and Africa are experiencing poverty. However, this article has showed me that even Americas face such issues. In this article it states that 16 percent of people in the Americas have gone hungry due to finances and rising food prices. If this trend of rising food prices continues, then more and more families will fall in to the category. It is going to be a great challenge for the government to solve this problem but they have to do something about it. I have learnt that we should never take things forgranted as we might not know when we are going to fell into the category.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 12:21 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that poverty has actually reached most parts of the world, and that some countries are getting much more affected by it. As our natural resources are being used up consistently, food prices are uncontrollably increasing by much more than it should be.

It makes me think of how the other countries which are worse then the amount of people facing poverty in the U.S. are going to survive and overcome this problem. Does anyone actually help them? Or are they just pushed to one corner, left to die alone due to starvation? It makes me think of the fortunate people these days who do not appreciate what they have.

This article makes me wonder if the future generations would be abe to cope with the more drastic price increases in the future, where more of our natural resources are gone. t makes me wonder, how are the people who are originally poor, able to make sure they have enough money or food or survival needs to keep themselevs alive.