Women in the Third World: A Reference Handbook

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Women in the Third World discusses topics such as the status of women; access to and enrollment in schools and universities; access to medical care; legal status; actions that husbands can take against their wives as permitted by law; and the extent to which women are considered property.

This volume also provides biographical sketches of noted women leaders, statistical information, data on programs, and summaries of print and nonprint resources. Students, educators, ...

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Overview

Women in the Third World discusses topics such as the status of women; access to and enrollment in schools and universities; access to medical care; legal status; actions that husbands can take against their wives as permitted by law; and the extent to which women are considered property.

This volume also provides biographical sketches of noted women leaders, statistical information, data on programs, and summaries of print and nonprint resources. Students, educators, journalists, policy makers, women's center personnel, and anyone interested in the status of women in the third world will find this an excellent research tool.

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"Offering a clear and well-documented overview of the 20 year explosion of information since the first world conference of governments focusing on women held in Mexico City in 1975 to the United Nations Fourth World Conference of Women held in 1995 in Beijing, this handbook is a solid addition to gender study or women's history collections."

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Kinnear Child Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook, LJ 1/96 has attempted to cover the massive topic of women in the Third World in the same short format as the rest of the "Contemporary World Issues" series. The introduction provides about a page of information on such broad topics as violence against women, female circumcision, and prostitution. A selective chronology of events concerning the rights and status of women in the Third World covering primarily 1975 to the present does not include the election of Corazon Aquino or the Nobel Peace prize awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi, even though they are among the 48 brief biographical sketches of 20th-century Third World women. The "Facts and Statistics" section provides interesting but very limited statistics, e.g., if you are looking for women's life expectancy figures across Third World countries, you won't find them here. The handbook does, however, include the text of relevant portions of various international agreements. A directory of women's organizations is provided, and the book closes with a lengthy annotated bibliography of print and nonprint resources. Kinnear states in her preface, "The purpose of this book is to provide a survey of the available literature and other resources" for the study of women in the Third World. If this was her intention, the work should have been called an annotated bibliography rather than a reference handbook because the topical coverage is so cursory. Recommended only for the bibliography.Debra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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Gr 9 UpThis useful compilation of contemporary information on women in the Third World includes a directory of organizations and selected print and nonprint resources for further research. Twelve topics that range from patriarchy to health care, "Women and Work" to "Women's Rights as Human Rights," are cogently discussed in the first chapter. Further chapters give chronology, biographical sketches, facts and statistics, and international agreements. Offering a clear and well-documented overview of the 20-year explosion of information since the first world conference of governments focusing on women held in Mexico City in 1975 to the United Nations Fourth World Conference of Women held in 1995 in Beijing, this handbook is a solid addition to gender study or women's history collections.Mary H. Cole, Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, NY
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A complete, easy-to-use reference on the status of women in Third World countries, useful for students, educators, journalists, legislators, and women's advocacy groups. After an overview of general issues such as family relations, health care, and work, sections present facts and statistics, a chronology, biographical sketches, and texts of many international agreements. Print, video, and electronic resources, as well as organizations, are described in detail. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874369229
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction and Overview 1
Third World versus First World Women 2
Gender Roles and Inequality 4
Patriarchy 5
Education 6
Family Relations 10
Health Care 13
Violence against Women 24
Women and Work 26
Politics and the State's Role in the Status of Women 30
Female Refugees 31
Women's Rights as Human Rights 33
Role of International Conferences and Conventions 35
2 Chronology 43
3 Biographical Sketches 75
4 Facts and Statistics 107
The Status of Women in the Third World 107
International Agreements 124
5 Directory of Organizations 173
6 Selected Print Resources 229
7 Selected Nonprint Resources 279
Appendix Third World Countries 325
List of Acronyms 329
Index 331
About the Author 349
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