Free sanitary products in NZ schools to beat period poverty

Research shows that one in 12 young people skipped school because they did not have access to sanitary products. New Zealand’s schools will provide access to free sanitary products for female students from June as part of the government’s latest attempt to stem “period poverty” in the country. Period poverty occurs when women and girls […]

Will Biden’s stimulus plan help reduce child poverty in the US?

As part of the broader $1.9 trillion relief package, Congressional Democrats propose temporarily raising the child tax credit from $2,000 to up to $3,600 per child, which could help lift families out of poverty. Tucked inside United States President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan is a seemingly radical notion that children should not […]

Minimum Wage Hike Would Help Poverty but Cost Jobs, Budget Office Says

WASHINGTON — Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour — a proposal included in the package of relief measures being pushed by President Biden — would add $54 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office concluded on Monday. Normally, a prediction of increased debt might harm the […]

Biden wage plan would lift 900,000 from poverty. There’s a catch

United States President Joe Biden’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour would reduce poverty but also cut 1.4 million jobs, says the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. United States President Joe Biden’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by June 2025 would reduce employment by 1.4 million jobs […]

Fight against extreme poverty helps 92 million people: World Bank

COVID seen pushing more than 100 million people into extreme poverty, marking the first increase in about 20 years. Targeted efforts to improve the income of the world’s poorest households are benefitting nearly 92 million people across 75 countries, according to a World Bank study. Designed to drive people out of extreme poverty, these programmes […]

Jobs, Houses and Cows: China’s Costly Drive to Erase Extreme Poverty

JIEYUAN VILLAGE, China — When the Chinese government offered free cows to farmers in Jieyuan, villagers in the remote mountain community were skeptical. They worried officials would ask them to return the cattle later, along with any calves they managed to raise. But the farmers kept the cows, and the money they brought. Others received […]

Over 1m Palestinians under poverty line in besieged Gaza: UN

Geneva, Switzerland – The Israel-led blockade of the Gaza Strip cost the Palestinian enclave more than $16bn and pushed more than one million people below the poverty line in just more than 10 years, according to a new United Nations report. The document issued on Wednesday by the UN’s Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) […]