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  • City, State: San Francisco, CA
  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish
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Ingrid Betancourt

Friday, December 31, 2010 12:00 AM

On October 28, 2010, the International Museum of Women hosted Ingrid Betancourt as she discussed her story as told in her memoir, Even Silence Has an End, as part of I.M.O.W.'s Extraordinary Voices, Extraordinary Change Speaker Series. 

Wednesday, December 01, 2010 8:00 AM

Argentina is no stranger to economic crises. In 2001, the Argentine economy hit rock bottom after a decade of aggressive free market policies, a strict exchange rate that pegged the peso to the dollar and unmet expectations of future economic growth. About 25 percent of the population was suddenly unemployed. Savings disappeared as the value of Argentina's currency plummeted, and formerly middle class people resorted to begging on the street for food. During the throes of the crisis, nearly 60 percent of Argentines were living at or below poverty level.

Less than 10 years have passed since then, and Argentines find themselves in the midst of another economic crisis after six years of unprecedented growth. The impact of the recent global economic downturn may feel mild compared to the shocking economic devastation of a few years ago, but while the onslaught of this crisis is not nearly as severe as that in 2001, Argentine women now face a new set of difficulties.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 5:16 PM

Women are "the pillar" of the Mexican economy, according to Mexico's Economic Secretary Bruno Ferrari. Yet this does not speak to the daily reality of most Mexican women. More than a third of Mexicans live in poverty -with poverty rates nearing 50 percent in rural areas -and women are most acutely affected. This along with issues of heavy dependence on remittance, domestic violence, and discrimination all pose challenges to women in Mexico as they try to recover-and make economic advances-during the global economic crisis.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 2:43 PM

Friday, October 15, 2010 12:00 AM

Costa Rica is one of the oldest democracies in Latin America and one of the few countries in the world that has abolished its military. With this in mind, one might presume that Costa Rica has progressive, pro-women policies to allow Costa Rican women, also known as ticas, to advance economically. Indeed, in a study of more than 100 developing countries' progress toward gender equity in social institutions, Costa Rica ranks near the top, and the country is known for having strong government-funded social and welfare programs in areas such as education and health. By many standards, Costa Rica is a model for progressive social policies that protect women.
However, Costa Rica faces longstanding gender inequities that limit growth opportunities for women, especially when it comes to employment.

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