Work, Female Empowerment and Economic Development

Work, Female Empowerment and Economic Development

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Accumulation of assets to enable the diversification of activities has been established as crucial in helping the rural poor escape poverty. The empowerment of women has been identified as a way to overcome inefficiencies in the allocation of resources within the family and so improve agrarian householdsa€™ productivity. However, achieving diversification is not necessarily empowering for women and some initiatives may worsen their position. This book uses the information collected in original household surveys conducted in rural areas in four countries to investigate the links between womena€™s position in the household, diversification strategies, labour market participation and poverty reduction. The book centres on country-specific chapters that provide an in-depth focus on an issue of relevance to the location and that tease out the interplay between female empowerment and development in that context. In particular, the chapters examine: Landlessness in Ethiopia Feminization of the agricultural labour market in Andhra Pradesh, India Female labour supply and womena€™s power within the household in Uganda Disadvantages faced by female-headed households in Zimbabwe The analysis calls for caution in assuming that labour market expansion necessarily acts to empower women and emphasizes the role female access to assets can have in facilitating diversification and escaping poverty. It will appeal to all those studying development economics, with particular interest in areas such as diversification, poverty and female empowerment.... that women were being forced into the labour market by straitened personal circumstances: a#39;since my husband died noone ... In contrast, in India there has been a feminization of the labour market and this is analysed in detail in Chapter 5.

Title:Work, Female Empowerment and Economic Development
Author:Sara Horrell, Hazel Johnson, Lecturer in Development Studies Hazel Johnson, Paul Mosley
Publisher:Routledge - 2008-02-19


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