Women in Developing Countries
|Publication Date: 07/2011|
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|Hardcover|| ||$55.00|| ||978-1-59884-425-2|
A Reference Handbook
Karen L. Kinnear
This book provides a much-needed survey of the discrimination and violence against women in developing countries, and identifies the literature and resources available about this topic.
The statistics that quantify gender discrimination against women in developing countries are shocking. More than 560 million women are illiterate, twice the number of illiterate men. Less than 50 percent of pregnant women in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have access to prenatal care, and female genital mutilation affects over 130 million women.
Because of improvements in communication technologies, the West has become increasingly aware of horrific examples of ongoing discrimination and violence against individual women in developing countries. As a result, more attention is being paid to the gender bias and hardship that women in developing countries face in their everyday lives, and the importance of these women in economic development and the alleviation of poverty is starting to be recognized.
Women in Developing Countries: A Reference Handbook addresses topics like the status of women in developing countries; their access to education, health care, and the political process; their legal status; the extent to which they are considered property; female genital mutilation and other harmful practices; and other timely issues. This book also provides statistical information, data on selected nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other organizations set up to improve the lives and advance the status of women, and sources of further information in print and nonprint media.
• Supplies a chronology of significant events relevant to women in developing countries
• Presents biographies of individuals who have advanced human rights for women, and others who play key policy or political roles
• Provides a bibliography containing abstracts of selected books, handbooks, manuals, and films/DVDs that provide a wide perspective on major issues
• Includes a glossary and basic subject index
• Details the status of women in developing countries, including an examination of the major issues confronting women in these countries as well as the issues of concern to the United States
• Presents a comprehensive overview of the major facts and statistics concerning women in developing countries
• Surveys a range of women's issues that are important on a global scale, providing unique geographic breadth
Karen L. Kinnear, MA, is a sociologist with over 30 years of experience in sociological, economic, and statistical analyses. She is a paralegal, freelance writer, and researcher involved in many projects affecting women and children in developing countries. Kinnear received her masters degree in sociology from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition.
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