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Monday, December 05, 2005

Female Representation in Government Around the World

The November 28th, 2005 issue of Newsweek has an interesting piece on the growing number of women who are involved in governance around the world, both as heads of state and as representatives. Written by Fareed Zakaria, the article notes:

The World Economic Forum found, in a study of just three countries, that women wanted more money for health care, education and social welfare, and less for the military...This is consistent with growing evidence at a micro level that women are better recipients of aid than men. Around the world, if you give cash to a mother, she tends to use it to invest in children's health and education. (A man, on the other hand, will often take it and head to the local watering hole.) "Studies from Brazil show that survival possibilities of a child increase by 20 percent if the income is in the hands of the mother rather than the father," says the World Bank's Mayra Buvinic.

Click here to read the full article.

-- JB


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