By Xinyi Xue Back in the 1940s in the western world, the inspirational image of “Rosie the Riveter” became the representation of women in the workforce. The big headline on the top of this image, “We Can Do It!”, conveying that women can be as powerful as men. This widespread image encouraged American women of all ages, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds to go to work … Continue reading The Voice of Chinese Women — How Do NGOs in China Use Communication as a Strategy to Promote Women Empowerment
By Cheng Yiyu Western feminist or general social media tends to convey the message about “third world women” as “powerless”, “illiterate” and “backward” which is very problematic because these are biased opinions by simply categorizing “third world women” as a unitary group having similar backgrounds, challenges, histories. In fact, “third world women” have diverse interests, sources of problems, and narratives based on their colonial-political-racial-ethnic backgrounds. … Continue reading The Uniqueness of Liberal Feminism in the Third World, Particularly in China
By Ashley Zhang, Dora Ye, Amy Huang, Daisy Lu Mrs. Huang is a 50-year-old villager in Lukou, a small village near Xuzhou China, who manages a plantation business. In the beginning, her business only contained ten acres of land, and the low revenue of the business hardly allowed her to support her two daughters’ education. But when discussing Grameen Bank, her face lit up with … Continue reading To What Extent Do Grameen Bank’s Microfinance Programs Help Women in Lukou on Their Path Towards Empowerment?
“No one is too poor to give away something, and I want to help poor women,” said an educator who has been working on empowering women by teaching them how to make handicraft for eight years in Kenya. Low educational attainment and social status keep many women at the bottom cadres of the labor force and marginal roles of the economy in many African countries. … Continue reading Can Making Artwork Empower Women in Kenya? A Dispatch from Three Organizations
At the age of 14, Bella followed her parents’ instruction and married a man she had never met. Unfortunately, her husband divorced her shortly after she gave birth to their fourth child. Being abandoned by her husband at a very young age, she now has to raise all four of her children just by herself. Even though the social status and situation of women has … Continue reading Handicraft industry helps Kenyan women access better living standards and more equal status