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Making a living: gender and sustainable livelihoods.

Authors
  • Leach, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Links : a newsletter on gender for Oxfam GB staff and partners
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2000
Pages
1–2
Identifiers
PMID: 12296257
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Humans are vulnerable to poverty in many ways, especially women. Poor people do not necessarily benefit from the way markets are managed, and women are experiencing particular barriers in making their independent living, such as low salary and access to fewer assets. In view of the above, Oxfam recognizes that in order for poor men and women to achieve sustainable livelihood they need equal access to assets and opportunities to make a living; markets need to be regulated to benefit the poor as well as the rich; and commitments need to be made to welfare services that will protect them if things go wrong. Oxfam believes that achieving sustainable development depends on creating a mix of assets, to give poor people power over markets. It will press for the effective development and regulation of markets at local, national, and global levels, to create equal opportunities for poor men and women, and to enable them to compete in markets on a fair basis. Finally, Oxfam shall lobby for recognition on the true economic and social value of household, care, and community work, and encourage producers and consumers to develop coalitions to achieve a more just and gender-equitable global economy.

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