A remarkable revolution is taking place in finance, not in the City, but under the shade of large communal trees in villages across Africa and the developing world. It's a savings revolution, and one with the potential to pump $157 billion into the global economy, and particularly developing nations, if the 2.7bn adults worldwide who are 'unbanked' participate in savings-led microfinance programmes.
Nearly 780,000 villagers are now living in the ruins of their homes or in evacuation centres - more than the population of Leeds. The current level of assistance is nothing compared to the needs despite scores of Filipino citizens volunteering their time and personal resources, adding to the response by government, UN and non-governmental agencies.
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A life without education leaves these girls even more vulnerable and with no real choices. It also limits the potential of her family, community, and country. In July, I traveled with Plan to India to witness firsthand the transformative power of education in the lives of girls and their families. I visited with mothers and children in a slum in Hyderabad and attended a Lambada tribal women's gathering in Andhra Pradesh. The women I met all said the same thing: entire families and communities are changed when girls go to school.
It was in the middle of an east African afternoon, beneath a mango tree shaded from the hazy sun, that I met Gladys Phiri, 32, history teacher, single mother and, it soon became apparent, cheerfully outspoken feminist here in a country where, as elsewhere in Africa, the rules are dictated by men, for men.
All health staff should be trained on FGM and schools need to raise awareness amongst staff and students. Only then will we get legal action. Just like the first cases of domestic violence decades ago, successful prosecutions for FGM depend upon awareness and understanding of the danger by neighbours, relatives, teachers, health professionals and police.
I was born the month that parliament voted equal pay for women. Even now the Equality and Human Rights Act (EHRC) estimates that my daughters may earn £361,000 less than men over their working life. But there is hope for my granddaughters.
As a women, do you feel like you have choices taken away from you that men can freely see, hear, taste or smell? The answer is probably no, but when it comes to the big things - pay, housework and child care, rape - you probably think the answer is entirely different. And these do actually affect our everyday lives.
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