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Homes for equality in a changing world

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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New York   /   Fri, June 28, 2019   /  05:05 pm
Homes for equality in a changing world Local flavor: Ida Padua cooks crab chips at her home in Argosigemerai village in Teluk Bintuni regency, West Papua. Ida tries to improve her family’s finances by selling crab chips. (The Jakarta Post/Jerry Adiguna)

What’s a family? Classically, we think of a mother, a father and the children. The father goes out to work, the mother takes care of the children, maybe she works part time, at home or close to home so she can be there when the children get back from school. It’s a common formula in advertising, movies and the media. It’s the pattern of romance plots, the story of song lyrics, the image for illustrations in schoolbooks. It’s comforting, stable, predictable. And it’s wrong, for the majority of families in the world. Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020, Families in a Changing World, United Nations Women’s flagship report, launched on June 25, explodes the myth of the “nuclear” family once and for all. Globally, a couple with children makes up only about one third of households worldwide. The other two thirds of the families...

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