The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Women and Children in South Asia
South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) have been shaken by the shocks and turbulence in commodity and financial markets since 2008. These changes have inflicted new and dramatic stress on vast swathes of the population in a region where more than 1.18 billion people, or three quarters of the population, subsist on less than $2 a day. The hardship has fallen most heavily upon women and children, people living in poverty, and the socially marginalized. To this end, in 2010 UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), undertook a desk review, with the aim of understanding and tracking the effects of the complex interplay of global, evolving trends and their impact on poor and excluded communities in this vast region, which is crucial to determine the policy responses and strategies required of governments and all partners. The final product is the report posted below.