Women leading the charge in North Korea’s private economy

(Image: David Stanley from flickr.com)

North Korea is usually in the news for leader Kim Jong Un’s threats to start war with South Korea and America. But under the radar the country has begun to be noticed for issues other than war, Stalinist style control and cycles of famine. North Korea is starting to change. There are over 20 special economic and development zones where foreign investors are being encouraged to develop assets which will help pyong yang’s aims to boost tourist numbers to two million a year by 2020. While officially there’s no private economy, the reality inside the hermit nation is different – and women are leading the charge.

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