Advancing, Promoting, Protecting Women’s Strengths In An Aging World

Currency of Bangladesh - 100 Taka bill
When Bangladesh launched its income security program in 1998, it issued 100 Taka per month. Today, 30% of older adults receive the monthly payment, which is currently set at 500 Tacka.

Are you an older woman? If so, this post, as well as the report it unveils, speaks directly to you. The words and experiences are those of our global sisters, particularly those who struggle to survive in poorer countries challenged by the world’s changing environment

What needs to be done to achieve equality in a world currently stressed by difficult and dangerous changes? Academic studies that qualify and quantify the problems are important resources. The following report is just such a document and one that is particularly unusual in a slight but telling way.

It does not kick off with a roll call of inevitably important contributors who have guided and shaped the study to its all-important conclusions. Instead, it leads with, “We offer our sincere thanks to those older people who took the time to talk to us about their experiences.”

Continue on to explore the challenges, which are far from entirely met for women in the so-called ‘first world,’ let alone the specific focus of this report  — three countries where residents have very very low incomes.

For a brief introduction to the report, as well as a discussion of the concept of social protection and its implementation, read more at HelpAge: Advancing Gender Equality through Social Protection in an Ageing World

The report itself is also posted at HelpAge: Advancing gender equality through social protection in an ageing world — Older women’s experiences from Bangladesh, Malawi and Tanzania