Gender bias and poverty

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Gender bias and poverty

1) __________ between men and women results in poorer health for children and greater 2) __________ for the family, 3) __________ to a new study. The UN agency Unicef found that in places where women are 4) __________ from family decisions, children are more likely to suffer from 5) __________. There would be 13 million 6) __________ malnourished children in South Asia if women had an equal say in the family, Unicef said.

Unicef 7) __________ family decision-making in 30 countries 8) __________ the world. Their chief finding is that equality between men and women is vital to 9) __________ poverty and improving health, especially that of children, in developing countries. The conclusions are contained in the agency's latest report. This report 10) __________ to a greater 11) __________ of opportunities for girls and women in education and work which contributes to disempowerment and poverty. Where men control the household, less money is spent on health care and food for the family, which 12) __________ in poorer health for the children.

An increase in 13) __________ and income-earning opportunities for women would increase their 14) __________ power, the report said. For example, the agency found that 15) __________ has the greater share of household income and assets decides whether those resources will be used for family needs. 

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