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Women becoming more economically empowered, says UN report



The latest report by a UN body indicates women in the world are increasingly becoming economically empowered.

The report by UN Women dubbed ‘Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020’ indicates that women are increasingly having access to resources through earned income, social protection and asset ownership.

This, the report says, has triggered some shifts in the balance of power within the home, giving women greater economic security and weight in decision-making processes.

The report says the increased economic might by women is also helping them cushion their families from financial hardship.

However, the report observes that despite the progress in their economic standing, women living with a male partner still contribute less in support of family duties.

“Even in developed countries where women’s gains have been more sweeping and sustained, those who live with a male partner still generally contribute less than half of the family income and accumulate an even smaller share of its wealth,” says the report in part.

‘Motherhood penalties’ in the form of reduced employment rates and a pay-gap between women with and without children are a persistent problem.

The report also indicates that lone-mother families that lack income protection from a second earner, for example, face a much higher risk of poverty compared to two-parent families.

The report, however, also recognises that while overall, women’s access to economic resources has improved, the distribution of unpaid care work remains largely unequal.

Compared to men, the report says women do three times the amount of unpaid care and domestic work within families, with particularly stark inequalities in developing-country contexts, where access to time-saving infrastructure and public services is more limited.

On family, the report says women’s voice in reproductive matters like childbearing is rising. It indicates that today, there are many indications that women are increasingly able to exercise voice within their families.

“Women are exercising greater agency and voice in decisions regarding whether and when to have children, and how many. In practical terms, smaller families can be less costly to maintain, and women’s care and domestic work burden within them may be smaller,” says the report.

According to the report, declining birth rates in some regions also indicate that women and men may be having fewer children than they desire.

The report adds that couples may be limiting the number of children they have in response to economic conditions that make childrearing financially challenging or because in the absence of quality long-term care services, they also have older parents to care for.

It also says women may also be choosing to have fewer children because men still do not do their fair share of unpaid care and domestic work.

All over the world, birth rates are declining, although the pace of change varies across regions.

The report also indicates that women and men across the world are delaying marriage. It says over the past three decades, significant changes have occurred in whether, when and with whom women and men form intimate partnerships.

Delaying marriage, the report observes, has enabled women to complete their education, gain a stronger foothold in the labour market and support themselves financially.

Cohabitation according to the report is on the rise with some regions registering an increasing number of women opting out of marriage altogether.

“These decisions can arise out of necessity as much as choice when the cost of setting up a family for some couples is too high. It can also reflect women’s growing reluctance to enter into partnerships in which they are expected to take on a subordinate role,” the report says.

The report also observes that a rise in divorce rates has been one of the most visible features of family change in most regions since the 1980s.

The liberalisation of divorce laws in some developed countries the report says has led to lower rates of suicide by women, a lower incidence of reported domestic violence and fewer instances of women being murdered by their spouses.

Source: Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020 by UN Women

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‘Pick fights with people on your level!’ Huddah attacks Babu Owino




Huddah Monroe, a controversial Kenyan socialite, has reprimanded MP Babu Owino for shooting a DJ at a club.

Babu shot DJ Evolve on Friday 7 am at B club in Kilimani Galana Plaza.

Huddah ranted in a series of Instagram stories, where she criticized Babu’s behavior

“Someone’s son, somebody’s brother. I am highly disappointed in Babu. Despite him being my friend. You’re a disgrace to the youth of Kenya. Fight with people on your level,” she wrote.

She adds;

“That boy was shot like a stray dog! I have four brothers. May God keep them safe and protect them from all evil. Keep DJ Evolve in your prayers guys.”


Kenyans felt and reacted the same way as Huddah;

Julius Mwaura Pride comes before a fall. Embakasi east seat should be declared vacant and Babu faces the full wrath of the law and instant justice. #BabuOwino #justicefordjevolve

Regina Otieno where do people get the nerve to end someone’s life, just like that. Kwani unaua nzi

Andrew Siro Why shoot a young man in the neck and his only crime is playing music to eke out a living in this harsh Kenya? #JusticeForDjEvolve

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Man’s awkward apology to wife after she finds his shaming post about her wedding dress



Some women have dreamt of their wedding day since they were little girls and will do anything they can to make sure it’s exactly as they always wanted.

But for one bride-to-be, it wasn’t money or family fallouts standing in the way of her dream wedding – but her future husband.

The countdown to this couple’s summer wedding should have been exciting, but things started to go south when the groom refused to fork out the Sh132,000 (£1,000) his fiancé needed for her dream dress.

The man turned to Reddit hoping for some advice, but his post made things much, much worse.

He’s accused her of “acting like a toddler throwing a tantrum over a sparkly toy she can’t have” – and unsurprisingly it hasn’t gone down well.

They had both saved Sh1,016,000 (£7,689) towards the big day and spent a reasonable Sh 406,000 (£3,075) on rest of the wedding plans.

But things came crashing down when the groom suggested buying a Sh 5000 (£38) dress online.

He writes: “I know everything is more expensive when it has the term wedding attached to it what I wasn’t expecting was a Sh 95,900 ($950) dress plus Sh 12,115 ($120) veil” – that’s around Sh 109,000 (£822).

With the average wedding dress costing Sh165,765 (£1,254) in the USA and Sh 183,000 (£1,385) here in the UK, the bride’s chosen dress was actually a bargain.

But the groom didn’t think as much, saying that he couldn’t understand why so much money should be spent on a dress that would only be worn for one day.

He told other Reddit users that he’d done his research online to see where he could buy cheap wedding dresses and was surprised to find so many.

He said: “I tried to show her some dresses I found on a recommended app called Wish and others on websites but she was having none of it.”

And point blank refusing to splash the cash, despite the bride offering to buy it with the money she contributed herself – which seems like an easy fix.

The dispute ended with the bride leaving for her parents’ house after it turned nasty.

But things went from bad to worse when his bride-to-be came across his scathing post on the website – and he was forced to publicly apologise.

Shortly after the original post was shared a very, very awkward update was added to the bottom.

He revealed that his partner, Emma, had seen the thread he posted and so sent out a public apology.

“Emma found this thread, it was a mistake to post here and I’m sorry I posted our problems on Reddit. I am the a**hole.”

His post attracted 3,000 comments – which pretty much all disagreed with him.

One person said: “You say you don’t want her to cheap out, but then you say you want her to buy a Sh 5000 – Sh 10,000 ($50-100) wedding dress.

Another added: “That’s cheap even for a regular dress.”

Safe to say he won’t be looking to buy her any dresses from Wish in the future!


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