Women in Developing Countries: A Reference Handbook by Karen L. Kinnear

By Karen L. Kinnear

This publication presents a much-needed survey of the discrimination and violence opposed to girls in constructing international locations, and identifies the literature and assets on hand approximately this topic.

• provides a chronology of vital occasions appropriate to ladies in constructing countries

• offers biographies of people who've complicated human rights for girls, and others who play key coverage or political roles

• presents a bibliography containing abstracts of chosen books, handbooks, manuals, and films/DVDs that supply a large standpoint on significant issues

• incorporates a word list and uncomplicated topic index

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During wars and internal conflicts, women often are raped by soldiers. Knowledge of health care issues that affect them as well as access to health care is often lacking for women in developing countries. Access to health care may be limited for several Overview of Women’s Status and Experiences in the World Today 19 reasons, including lack of infrastructure; lack of services for referral, poverty, unavailability of midwives; the lack of acceptance of traditional birth attendants by community maternal health programs; lack of information about health care and the need for it; lack of self-esteem; and the position of the woman in the family and her ability to make her own decisions concerning health care.

When it first became popular, the word “gender” did not have an equivalent word in many languages; it was sometimes confusing to those in local communities, and some NGOs and other advocacy groups suggest that women are still being excluded from many development activities. Jaquette and Staudt (2007) suggest that the lessening interest in the GAD approach and the increasing “war on terror” and other militarization policies may present opportunities to rethink development approaches to incorporating and benefiting women.

One of the best-known groups is India’s Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), established in 1972 by a group of garment vendors, head-loaders (individuals who are hired to transport loads on their heads), and vegetable sellers. SEWA has organized over 40,000 women workers in Gujarat and five other states in India, helping them to get licenses, organize industrial and service cooperatives, and obtain legal help. Women members receive assistance in obtaining loans and banking services. The group also advocates for women’s rights.

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