GLOBAL TRADING PRACTICES AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN SOUTH ASIA
A Gender Perspective
Aasha Kapur Mehta and Camilla Otto
The first in a series of regional publications on the impact of trade liberalisation on women from UNIFEM, this publication includes recommend-ations from a regional seminar on women and trade (New Delhi, 1995). The seminar -- organised in response to growing concerns from the women's movement in South Asia about the impact of trade liberalisation on women in the region -- involved 40 participants from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, and Bhutan. The book also includes background papers on gender biases in macroeconomics and trade liberalisation; case studies that explore the impact of trade liberalisation on specific industrial sectors; and country papers that present an overview of national economic trends and their impact on women.
UNIFEM/The Swedish International Development Authority, 1996. paper; 283 pp. ISBN 0-912917-47-4 US$9.95
THE TRADE IN DOMESTIC WORKERS
Causes, Mechanisms and Consequences of International Migration
Noeleen Heyzer, Geertje Lycklama a Nijeholt and Nedra Weerakoon (Eds.)
This collection of thematic papers discusses ways in which to craft responsive policies and programmes that affect the international migration and overseas employment of women domestic workers. It analyses national and international structural forces that affect women migrant workers -- within the family, household, and wider kinship and community networks.
Zed Books, 1995. paper; 247 pp. ISBN 1-85649-286-9 US$25.00
THE TRADE TRAP
Poverty and the Global Commodities Market
This best-selling book explains how countries that depend on the export of primary commodities are caught in a trap: the more they produce, the lower the price falls on the international market. Attempts to add value to their commodities by processing them are discouraged by the tariff barriers imposed by rich industrialised nations. Worse, they have to compete with subsidised exports from rich surplus-producing countries.
This new edition contains material on the outcome of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the creation of the new World Trade Organisation. It examines the impact of rapid economic liberalisation on the livelihoods and natural environments of poor communities, and recommends ways in which trade could be regulated to protect their rights. Although not focused specifically on women, the focus on the global commodities market clearly has implications for women in their role as producers and consumers in this sector.
Oxfam Publications, (Second Edition) 1996. paper; 243 pp.ISBN 0-85598-351-5 US$18.50
WOMEN AND THE NEW TRADE AGENDA
Susan Joekes and Ann Weston
Women and the New Trade Agenda reviews recent trends and issues in world trade, analyses lessons learned from export-oriented strategies in different countries and regions, and considers the potential gains and limitations for women of trade-related employment. It includes recommendations for advocacy work to ensure that women's economic prospects are protected and enhanced by regional and global trade agreements.
UNIFEM, 1995. paper; 100 pp. ISBN 0-912917-34-2 US$7.95
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