Highlights of the essay by Sonali Punhani (India) who is one of the eight finalists of The World Bank Essay Competition 2009.
Based on the essay by Sophie Bathurst (Australia/Germany) who is one of the eight finalists of The World Bank Essay Competition 2009.
So when I started to work with the khayameya I realized that my intention and the intentions of the khayameya workers were different. Not different in that we couldn’t agree, but just coming from different perspectives, which in the end turned out to be complementary. I had this idealistic, ambitious vision of simultaneously retaining craftsmanship, reviving cultural heritage, creating employment opportunities, etc…. For them, it is simply a source of income.
Empowering women who constitute the majority of the most marginalized sectors in South Asia goes beyond simply giving them positions to occupy in government. It means equipping them to be able to represent their sector effectively as they occupy seats in one of the most premier decision making bodies in their countries—the government.
This year the World Bank Essay Competition attracted 2,469 submissions from over 150 countries, which certainly reflects the popularity of this competition. The overall theme for this year is Climate Change and the role the youth can play, keeping in mind the importance of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), Copenhagen, December 2009.
My first 6 weeks of officially working for Ayadi Organization I did on-the-ground research of various crafts around Egypt. I was looking to find a craft that has been passed down for hundreds of years and that would benefit from working with Ayadi. My vision was not to create something new. I didn’t want something redundant or to recreate the wheel if it had already been created and spinning, but rather to build on others' work and make more impact.
Today’s global financial crisis is very much reminiscent of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. With the exports and labor-intensive industries being hit harder than Banda Aceh was with the tsunami that swept through its coasts, women were the most adversely affected. This was because of the strong gender composition of many of the most vulnerable industries today.
The change in weather brings with it many a connotation: exam time, beach days, and holidaying. Yet for some, the trip they make this summer will not be on a jet plane or to a resort; they will attempt a trip out of misery, for themselves and their families.