Women in the developing world frequently do some of the hardest physical labor. This is obviously a form of gender discrimination, and evidence of the low social status of women in many parts of the world.
How should one deal with this problem? Do the hard work of combatting opinions on women’s status and their place in society? Or just accept those opinions and work at the margins, like such:
This undoubtedly clever invention - by Vikram Dinubhai Panchal of NID Ahmedabad (it costs less than $6) – will definitely reduce the number of backaches, but at the same time it’ll probably reinforce those cultural prejudices that justify the imposition of an unfair share of hard work on women. “Because now it’s so much easier!”
Another example, the Wello WaterWheel:
It’s no surprise that the people pictured in the images above are women. It wouldn’t be realistic if they were men. But please, let’s not settle for realism.
More posts in this series are here.