Biography

Kristie Wang is a writer and media manager at Ashoka Changemakers, where she covers topics in social innovation, such as women’s empowerment, community development, and health. Her work has appeared via Forbes.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Virgin.com, The Rockefeller Foundation blog, NextBillion, and Care2. In addition to Ashoka Changemakers, Kristie helps nonprofit organizations increase their impact through strategic storytelling and social media. She’s also a Pushcart-nominated fiction writer, and is based in California and New Mexico.

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Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), only 13 percent of firms are owned by women—far less than other middle-income regions like East Asia, Latin America, and Europe/Central Asia, according to a 2007 report by the World Bank. However, women-owned businesses in MENA defy stereotyping. They tend to be as large as those of […]

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Solutions that tackle environmental barriers to employment are making significant strides in the women’s economic empowerment space. Transportation, safety concerns, and gender-safe spaces are issues currently being addressed by a variety of problem-solvers in MENA and Pakistan. One organization, Souktel, operating in Palestine, is …

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Women in MENA face significant social barriers to employment, in addition to environmental and economic barriers. While cultural expectations may pressure women to stay in the home as family caregivers, new digital solutions are helping women pursue careers from home. The option to telecommute is giving many women the flexibility they need to …

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In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), women have made progress toward establishing equal access to economic opportunities, especially with regard to access to education. Over the past decade, MENA governments have invested about 5.3 percent of their GDP in education—the highest percentage in the world.1 A 2007 report by the World Bank …

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