Masum Momaya, Curator

United States

  • City, State: San Francisco, CA
  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Languages: English, Kutchi, Hindi, Spanish


Tuesday, November 03, 2009 12:00 AM

What role should governments play in providing basic necessities for their people? And who fills the gaps when governments fall short? The aftermath of the 2007-2008 bread crisis that erupted in Egypt highlights that women compensate when governments and others can't supply basic necessities such as health care, education and social services. However, when social provisions are strengthened, women are able to thrive and make numerous contributions, including economic ones.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:00 AM

For most Americans in the United States, home ownership is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, as well as an essential way to achieve long-term financial security, for themselves and for future generations. But over the past few years, the U.S. has faced a "subprime" lending crisis, in which a flood of high-cost loans has jeopardized home ownership and future prospects for tens of thousands of Americans across the country. In the recent crisis, women and people who belong to racial minority groups have been especially hard hit, worsening longstanding gaps in wealth and economic opportunity.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:00 AM

Around the world, women’s economic opportunities and choices have long been impacted by their ability to bear children. Women and their families frequently make tough choices and poignant trade-offs, which are either helped or made more difficult by public policies concerning fertility, work, and social roles. Too often, these policies are driven more by economic interests and national concerns than women’s needs and rights.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:00 AM

In economics, people frequently use terms such as "micro" or "macro." Nowadays, "micro" is generally associated with microcredit or microfinance, two terms that have become synonymous with the popular practice of giving small loans to people--most often women--to start small businesses and make money for themselves and their families. "Macro" sometimes hints at large sums of money, but it can also mean the high-level structural reform of institutions that have deep impacts on the economy, such as banks and governments. A look at microfinance's successes and shortcomings in helping women and their families get out of poverty shows that macro-level structural reforms--not just more microfinance--are needed to help overcome poverty.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:00 AM

It has been said that women who are closest to the world's most pressing issues are best placed to solve them. In many countries, women are adjusting to large-scale economic changes through community-based, grassroots organizing efforts. But can women be expected to use local solutions to clean up, compensate for and fix larger economic problems without also being allowed to influence larger decisions?

AWID Forum attendees joined local South African activists, 800 in all, for a protest through the streets of Cape Town against increasing incidences of violence against women in South Africa and around the world.

Friday, November 21, 2008 9:55 AM

For two weeks in November 2008, Women, Power and Politics Curator Masum Momaya blogged from Cape Town, South Africa, where she met with hundreds of women artists, activists and advocates from all over the world. Follow her reflections during the trip and check out videos and audio from the Feminist Technology Exchange and AWID International Forum.

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