RURAL WOMEN IN MICRO-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
A Training Manual for Extension Workers
This comprehensive training manual was developed through two years of ILO projects in Tanzania and Zimbabwe to assist extension staff working with womenfs enterprises. Rural Women in Micro-enterprise Development contains guidelines and materials for the workshops (3-5 days each) that were supplemented with fieldwork ("Back Home Action Plans") to provide practical skills and tools in each phase of microenterprise development and management, including: environmental scanning, group dynamics, planning and management; marketing management; financial management; and feasibility studies. With illustrations, charts and activities, this is an excellent resource for the training of trainers, and can be adapted to different socio-cultural contexts.
International Labour Office, 1996. binder; 367 pages. US$54.00
GENDER AND COMMAND OVER PROPERTY
An Economic Analysis of South Asia
This monograph on the links between gender inequities and command over property focuses on rural South Asia, where any significant improvement in womenfs economic and social situation is crucially tied to their having independent land rights. But despite progressive legislation, few South Asian women own land; few ever effectively control any. Gender and Command Over Property describes a complex range of factors -- social, administrative and ideological -- that underlie the persistent gap between womenfs legal rights and their actual ownership of land, and between ownership and control. It also discusses the necessity of collective action to overcome these obstacles, and aspects needing a specific focus for policy and action.
Kali for Women, 1994. paper; 51 pages. ISBN 81-85107-31-9. US$6.00
A FIELD OF ONE'S OWN
Gender and Land Rights in South Asia
This award-winning study of gender and property in South Asia argues that the huge gender gap in property ownership and control is a critical determinant of women's economic and social status. It analyses how gender relations get constituted and contested, traditional rights and practices in specific communities, and contemporary laws. Illustrations; tables.
Cambridge University Press, 1995. paper; 572 pp. ISBN 0-521-42926-9 US$36.95
GENDER, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND POVERTY
Market Growth and State Planning in Asia and the Pacific
Noeleen Heyzer and Gita Sen (Eds.)
To what extent do macro-planning and poverty alleviation programmes of the Asia-Pacific region benefit women? This selection from presentations at a policy dialogue meeting (Vietnam, 1990) evaluates the extent to which current approaches have impacted on the poor and on a range of activities crucial to socio-economic development.
Kali for Women/International Books, 1994. paper; 395 pp. ISBN 90-6224-984-1 US$29.00
THE HUMAN COST OF WOMEN'S POVERTY
Perspectives from Latin America and the Caribbean
This anthology offers regional perspectives on the priority issues of the Social Summit (Copenhagen 1995) -- poverty, employment, and social integration. Covering such topics as structural adjustment, approaches to understanding women's poverty, and inequality in access to employment, these ten articles (some in Spanish) help to expand our understanding of the gender-differentiated impact and potential of development.
UNIFEM, 1995. paper; 161 pp. US$12.95
MORTGAGING WOMEN'S LIVES
Feminist Critiques of Structural Adjustment
Pamela Sparr (Ed.)
Mortgaging Women's Lives documents the effects of stringent World Bank and IMF prescriptions on women in countries as diverse as Turkey, Ghana, Egypt, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Nigeria, and Jamaica. Introductory chapters define structural adjustment in accessible language and critique its implications from a feminist perspective. Case studies then investigate long-term employment and income-generating effects.
Zed Books, 1994. paper; 214 pp. ISBN 1-85650-102-1 US$22.50
SHADOWS BEHIND THE SCREEN
Economic Restructuring and Asian Women
Maggie Paterson (Ed.)
While global restructuring has broadened economic opportunities for many women in Asia, it has also caused increased job insecurity, harsh working conditions, and even a kind of statelessness for migrant women workers. Located in the activism of the women's movement, this report provides unique insight into the microdimensions of the impact of global economic restructuring on the lives of women all across Asia. Country chapters -- on South China and Hong Kong, South Korea, India, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines -- review the nature and extent of national and international interventions, present interviews with individual women, and conclude with an extensive reference section, including descriptive statistics on social and economic indicators.
Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives/ Catholic Institute for International Relations, Asian Exchange 11(1), June 1995. periodical; 237 pp. ISBN 0256-7520 US$13.50
SILK AND STEEL
Asian Women Workers Confront Challenges of Industrial Restructuring
Helene O'Sullivan (Ed.)
This compilation of research papers analyses the impact of industrial restructuring policies on Asian women workers in the industrial sector over the last decade. With a specifically Asian analytical framework of the new regional division of labour, Silk and Steel exposes the use of "young, cheap and docile" women workers as central to the development of export-processing light manufacturing industries: women workers are the first contributors to, as well as the first victims of, industrial restructuring in Asia. It contains case studies and secondary data from Hong Kong, South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh, examining technology, employment practices, and investment and market patterns.
With interviews, statistics and analysis, this book is a valuable resource for those interested in the Asian region and the impact of restructuring on the lives of women.
Committee for Asian Women, 1995. paper; 304 pp. US$21.95
Women's Economic Empowerment in South Asia
Marilyn Carr, Martha Chen and Renana Jhabvala (Eds.)
This volume draws together the experiences of seven South Asian NGOs in organising rural and urban poor women for economic empowerment. Going beyond the normal descriptive accounts of the work of these NGOs, Speaking Out throws new light on how changes are occurring at the grassroots level, and analyses and defines economic empowerment from the perspective of women themselves.
Through case studies, the book demonstrates how women are gaining increased access to, and control over, economic resources and how this has led to far-reaching socio-cultural and political changes at the individual, family, and community levels. It also shows how women are building and taking control of their own organisations which are becoming increasingly more autonomous and financially self-reliant. This book will be of relevance to students of development and women's studies, development planners and practitioners, women's organisations, and those with an interest in South Asia.
IT Publications, 1996. paper; 238 pp. ISBN 1-85339-382-7 US$18.95
THE STRATEGIC SILENCE
Gender and Economic Policy
This book makes a unique contribution to the literature on restructuring and adjustment. It applies feminist scholarship to macroeconomics, discusses current macroeconomic methods and policies, and proposes elements of a more gender-aware economics. It also offers reflections on state, economy, and household relations based on research and case studies from Canada, Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, Iran, and Chile.
Zed Books, 1995. paper; 170 pp.ISBN 1-85649-262-1 US$17.50
WOMEN PAY THE PRICE
Structural Adjustment in Africa and the Caribbean
Gloria T. Emeagwali (Ed.)
The fundamental thesis of this book is that structural adjustment policies have intensified the feminisation of poverty, reversing a great deal of the socioeconomic gains of the post-colonial era in Africa and the Caribbean. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, it examines effects on women of the removal of subsidies for health and education, privatisation, and currency devaluation.
Africa World Press, 1995. paper; 165 pp. ISBN 0-86543-4298. US$16.95
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