A Tool for Change
Birgitta Hedman, Francesca Perucci and Pehr Sundström
Engendering Statistics is a welcome addition to the effort to have statistics reflect the realities of women’s and men’s contributions to society and their different access to and needs for resources. It presents the fundamentals of the new field of Gender Statistics; reviews gender issues, especially those pertaining to development and policies; discusses relevant statistics and how to identify and work with gender statistics; reviews data availability and quality; and discusses its analysis and presentation. Including a 5-day training workshop on the production and dissemination of gender statistics, this book will be invaluable to those in national statistical offices and departments, to scholars interested in correcting gender bias in statistics, and to trainers as a resource manual.
Statistics Sweden, 1996. paper; 144 pages. ISBN 91-618-0859-8. US$33.00
ADVANCING WOMEN'S STATUS
Women and Men Together? Critical Reviews and a Selected Annotated Bibliography
Advancing Women's Status examines the influence of social gender roles and inequalities on women's status, education and training, economic participation, and sexual and reproductive health in countries of the Global South. Each chapter presents a critical review, followed by an annotated bibliography of current key references with abstracts.
Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), 1995. paper; 200 pp. US$19.95
GUIDE TO WOMEN-SPECIFIC POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES WITHIN UN DEPARTMENTS AND SPECIALIZED AGENCIES
Berit Collett (Ed.)
This handbook provides a brief history of each UN agency, its main programme policies, objectives, and evaluation process. It is a valuable aid in the efforts to mainstream women's programmes within the UN system, to track cross-agency coordination, and to enable those working on international women's issues to use the UN more effectively.
Quaker United Nations Office, 1994. paper; 45 pp. US$6.00
Also available in Spanish.
SEE ALSO: Category: Beijing '95 Resources.
An Unfinished Story: Gender Patterns in Media Employment.
Advocacy Kit on the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 1995
United Nations Development Programme
For the first and only time so far, the sixth edition (1995) of the Human Development Report focused on gender inequality and the formulation of an "engendered" development paradigm. This report still represents the most up-to-date compilation of gender-differentiated human development indices. It highlights the wide and persistent gap between women's capabilities and opportunities; introduces measures for ranking countries by their performance in gender equality; analyses the undervaluation of women's work in 31 countries; and offers a five-point strategy for equalising gender opportunities. Tables; figures.
Oxford University Press, 1995. paper; 230 pp. ISBN 0-19-510023-9 US$18.95
THE STATE OF THE WORLD'S CHILDREN 1997
Carol Bellamy (Ed.)
The State of the World's Children report from UNICEF has become the best-known and most widely used of all UN publications. The 1997 report focuses on the widespread problem of the hundreds of millions of child workers, with most of the work being palpably destructive to their schooling, recreation and rest. It explores some of the implications of a groundbreaking treaty drawn up at the international Convention on the Right of the Child -- now on the verge of becoming the first universal law -- which posits that no child should labour in hazardous and exploitative conditions. This report provides insight into the range of ideas existing on how to break the cycle of child labour and poverty, including information on and analysis of the state of the girl child. Illustrations; statistical tables.
Oxford University Press, April 1997. paper; 110 pp. ISBN 0-19-262-8712 US$12.95
THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN, 1948-1996
This new edition has been updated to include the outcome of the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women, including the Platform for Action. With more than 130 documents on the UN's efforts to promote gender equality, the book chronicles the UN's evolution from an early focus on political and family life to more urgent issues such as poverty, violence, education, employment, and health care. It is an excellent primary reference tool for scholars, policy makers, librarians, and journalists. Statistics; resolutions; conventions.
United Nations Publications (Third Edition), 1996. paper; 845 pp. ISBN 92-1-10060-1 US$49.95
THE WORLD'S WOMEN
Trends and Statistics
This volume presents comprehensive data and analysis on women with respect to economic life, population and health, family life, education, public life, human settlements, media, and the effects of war. A pioneering depiction of women's conditions and contributions across the world, The World's Women is an essential resource for all those interested in the role and situation of women.
UN Publications (Second Edition), 1995. paper; 188 pp. ISBN 92-1-161372-8 US$15.95
Also available in Spanish and French.
WISTAT: WOMEN'S INDICATORS AND STATISTICS DATABASE
This edition of the WISTAT database presents data on women up to mid-1994, with some projections up to 2025. Over 1,500 statistical series cover economic and social indicators in 200 countries. The Wistat CD is self-installing, and lends itself to custom data searches; the data are also in Lotus 1-2-3 (.wk1) format. As the most authoritative international source of statistics on women, WISTAT is a must for reference collections.
United Nations Publications, 1995. Version 3, CD-ROM.ISBN 92-1-161375-2 US$149.00
WOMEN: A WORLD SURVEY
Illustrated with colourful maps, graphs, vignettes and tables, Women: A World Survey is an easy-to-consult handbook with up-to-date statistics, concise narrative, and analysis of the situation of women with respect to the following areas: work, education, health, legal rights, and political power. A statistical annex looks at national profiles, historical trends (1950-1995), and gender comparisons (1960 versus 1995) for 139 countries.
World Priorities, 1995. paper; 48 pp. ISBN 0-918281-10-5 US$7.50
WORLD EDUCATION REPORT 1995
This third edition of a biennial series addressing trends and policy issues in education focuses on educational opportunities for women and girls, which in virtually all countries have tended to be more limited than those for males. It analyses female access to formal education in both industrial and developing countries, focusing in particular on male-female disparities and gaps in key indicators: literacy rates; enrollment ratios; years of schooling; school retention; and fields of study. The Report also examines girls' experience of the educational process itself and its effects on adult life chances, and reviews various remedial measures being taken in different countries.
The Appendices include a unique and extensive set of statistics of country-by-country data on key aspects of education in over 180 countries, with summary tables by major world regions. With extensive analysis, colourful charts, vignettes and statistics, this book is an important addition to any reference collection on education.
Oxford University Press/UNESCO Publishing, 1995. paper; 174 pp. ISBN 92-3-103180-5 US$19.95
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