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Women and development in the third world

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Pub Date: 07/03/1991
ISBN: 9780415016957
Availability: In Stock
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Quick overview This review of policy and practice in relation to women's lives in social and economic terms in America, Africa and Asia raises questions about planning and the empowerment of women. It presents ten case studies of women's lives and coping strategies in the Third World.
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For all societies, the common denominator of gender is female subordination. For women of the Third World the effects of this position are worsened by economic crisis, the legacy of colonialism, as well as patriarchal attitudes and economic crises. Feminist critique has introduced the gender factor to development theory, arguing that the equal distribution of the benefits of economic development can only be achieved through a radical restructuring of the process of development. This important new book reviews both policy and practice in Latin America, Africa and Asia and raises thought-provoking questions concerning the role of development planning and the empowerment of women.

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