The fall of gender stereotyping in Zambia | Women’s migration from unpaid to paid work

Women can do what men can do! This is a popular gender slogan in Zambia today. The picture was different until recently. Under the British rule, Zambian women were trained in domestic skills for cheaply supporting and maintaining a healthy male workforce. Even after the independence, women continued to focus on unpaid care work, which is devalued in the market economy. So they were dependent, passive and socially isolated. However, in the 1980s the country’s indebted-economy was restructured and then copper prices fell as the industry was increasingly mechanised. All these contributed to halving the mining jobs over the 1990s and the era of full (male) employment coupled with social security came to an end. This made women to seek paid work, diluting gender stereotyping. Still, women are now burdened with both paid as well as traditional unpaid work. Shouldn’t men do more to share this burden?

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Original story | Holding Up Half the Sky: How Zambia’s Women went from Housewives to Breadwinners http://thinkafricapress.com/zambia/glass-half-full-gender-equality-copperbelt


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An answer to UK’s food poverty | A social supermarket that offers more…

The first supermarket of an unusual chain went into business in South Yorkshire UK in December 2013. This social supermarket, ‘The Community Shop’, is open only for benefits recipients from its local area. Launched as a subsidiary of a commercial redistributor of surplus food, this shop stocks the surplus food of major retailers, selling the same brands but at prices up to 70% cheaper. It also offers its members additional useful services such as CV writing skills development, debt advice and cookery classes. This social supermarket model complements the food banks, which have grown in the UK in the recent past with the rise of food poverty. Although this model is a better intervention in addressing food poverty in the long term, it should not distract society from asking the vital question: Why do so many people cannot afford to eat in the first place?

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Original story | The social supermarket is a step forward for tackling food poverty http://positivenews.org.uk/2014/positive_perspective/14678/social-supermarket-step-tackling-food-poverty/ 
The Community Shop website http://www.community-shop.co.uk/


HEC Global Learning London Web suite
Central platform | http://www.globallearninglondon.org.uk/ 
Teachers’ and Global Citizens’ website | Global Footprints http://www.globalfootprints.org/ 
Young people’s website | East End Talking http://www.eastendtalking.org.uk/ 
Organisational/training website | HEC Global Learning website http://hecgloballearning.org.uk/