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Women and Adjustment Policies in the Third World

Edited By: Haleh Afshar and Carolyne Dennis

271 pages, Tabs


Hardback | Feb 1992 | #97292 | ISBN: 0333537432
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The Third World debt crisis, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank's adjustment policies have compelled many countries to move towards a contraction of public sector expenditure in favour of market orientated development policies. Women in general and the poorest amongst them in particular have borne a disproportionate burden of the ensuing hardships. This book addresses the shortcomings in the current gender blind analytical frameworks of governments and financial organisations and offers alternative strategies for combating recession and poverty.


Part 1 The Framework: women, recession and adjustment in the Third World - some introductory remarks, Haleh Afshar and Carolyne Dennis; structural adjustment in developing countries - the impact on women, Frances Stewart; male bias in structural adjustment, Diane Elson; gender equity and efficiency in adjustment programmes, Ingrid Palmer. Part 2 Case studies: adjustment from below - low income women, time and the triple role in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Caroline O.N.Moser; structural adjustment and gender in the Cote d'Ivoire, Winifred Weekes Vagliani; women, authoritarianism and marker liberalisation in Chile 1973-1989, Georgina Waylen; the Christian Churches and women's experience of structural adjustment in Nigeria, Carolyne Dennis; women and work - ideology not adjustment at work in Iran, Haleh Afshar. Part 3 Policies: politicising gender and structural adjustment, Georgina Ashworth; final declaration beyond the debt crisis - structural transformation, Maxine Molyneux.

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