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Why don’t World Bank projects safeguard women’s rights?

The fisherwomen of the Niger delta are legendary across west Africa. Fishery has been a female domain for generations, with women making a key contribution to family and community livelihoods.

By Elaine Zuckerman

Niger Delta , March 10, 2016

The Guardian

The fisherwomen of the Niger delta are legendary across west Africa. Fishery has been a female domain for generations, with women making a key contribution to family and community livelihoods.

But in recent years, their livelihoods have been undermined. Oil and gas pipelines have destroyed the delta’s fishing grounds and family incomes.

Ironically, some of these pipelines have been backed by the taxpayer-supported World Bank, whose mission is to eliminate extreme poverty. Despite promises to empower women, this project has had the opposite effect, and is just one example of bank activities that have had a negative impact on women. Gender Action, a watchdog that analysed the impact of World-Bank-financed pipelines in west African, Eurasian and central Asian countries, found that life for women was worse, not better, after the projects were completed.

Read full story at The Guardian 

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