Empowering Women in Work in Developing Countries

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The authors of this volume present the outcomes of a major project aimed at empowering girls and young women in 14 developing countries. They discuss the young women's choices in life, set against the backdrop of family building, health, education, employment opportunities and the use of the Internet. They also compare the available statistics with the reality for these girls and young women. In doing so, this book displays two unique features. First, in covering employment, wages and job quality, the authors ...

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Overview

The authors of this volume present the outcomes of a major project aimed at empowering girls and young women in 14 developing countries. They discuss the young women's choices in life, set against the backdrop of family building, health, education, employment opportunities and the use of the Internet. They also compare the available statistics with the reality for these girls and young women. In doing so, this book displays two unique features. First, in covering employment, wages and job quality, the authors apply an industry-based approach. Second, based on the individuals' own experiences, the book assesses the perspectives the Internet and social media platforms can open for the empowerment of women in developing countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230369351
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/24/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MAARTEN VAN KLAVEREN is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute of Advanced labour Studies (AIAS), the Netherlands, and an economist. His research interests include low-wage work and he is the co- editor of Low-Wage Work in the Netherlands (2008). He has a track record in research on multinational companies and developing countries and has also written works on mining, electronics, textiles and clothing, and on the development of Suriname, South Korea, and South Africa.

KEA TIJDENS is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute of Advanced labour Studies (AIAS), the Netherlands, and a professor of Women and Work, at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She is a sociologist and scientific coordinator of the Wage Indicator web-survey on work and wages, currently operational in 65 countries. She has coordinated several European research projects and her current research interests relate to women's labour market re-entry, part-time work, occupational segregation, and the gender pay gap.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Graphs
List of Boxes

Foreword
Acknowledgements

Introduction
Demography, health and inequality: basic perspectives in life of young women
Education and skills of young women
Employment of young women
Wages and working conditions of young women
An industry outlook
Governance, labour relations, union organisation - and the Internet!
Perspectives for using the Internet on behalf of girls and young women: The case of the statutory minimum wage
References
Index

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