In some countries, notably Iceland, the financial crisis and its political fallout has proved an unexpected boon for women's rights.
Other countries do this sort of thing:
The global economic crisis has hit the Baltic state of Latvia particularly hard and left the population feeling blue. But one group of Latvian women has taken a novel approach to fighting the pervasive feeling of doom and gloom.
On Sunday, a procession of more than 500 blondes paraded through the capital Riga wearing pink and white. Many were escorted by lap dogs wearing the same cheerful hues. Their goal: to use their beauty to shine a little light into the dark mood caused by the global downturn.
The march was organized by the Latvian Blondes Association. I have to wonder what sort of issues this group addresses during normal times.
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