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The one escape is a system where some men, like Mrs. Men cannot say what they want.” She admits her friends mockingly call their husbands “puppies” or “pets” because they have to be fed, yet they do nothing. Kim earns about 3,000 won a day at the market — the equivalent of less than 50 cents — at black market rates.
Kim’s husband, pay between 20 to 30 times their tiny monthly salary not to work. That’s double what her husband would earn in an entire month, were he to get paid. A kilo of rice is something between 5,000 to 7,000 won.” He was paid only six times last year, he says, but as he points out, his salary is largely meaningless. This has happened to between five and seven men I know.”The North Korean authorities are currently employing various means to encourage frugality, an idea which has recently come to include ‘kwanhonsangje’ (the four ceremonial occasions; coming of age, marriage, funeral and ancestral rites).
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“In the past, our husbands would bring home rations, and we’d live off that,” says Mrs. “Now there are no rations, and the women support the families.
Meanwhile, North Korea’s men still remain tied to the country’s moribund state-run institutions.
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If we don’t make money, they starve, so life is hard for women.” … Kim gets up at each morning to feed the animals she sells, and also brews alcohol illegally.
Every minute of the day is spent figuring out how to feed her family, including an adult son and daughter whose state-run jobs do not provide enough to live on.
Park Young-ja of Ewha Womans University’s Institute of Unification Studies told a seminar Thursday more women are becoming breadwinners as the North’s economic hardship deepens.
“Young women are avoiding marriage or opt for informal cohabitation.The 105-storey Ryugyong hotel – more than two decades in construction – is finally glass-sheathed and due to open in 2012.