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Enhancing Women's Participation in Economic Development

Price: $ 22

French edition ("Comment accroitre la contribution des femmes au developpement economique"). Makes recommendations for removing the barriers women face in contributing to and benefiting from sustainable economic development.

International experience has proved that support for a stronger role for women in society contributes to economic growth through improved child survival rates, better family health, and reduced fertility rates. Nevertheless, women still face many barriers in contributing to and benefiting from development. These include low investment in female education and health and restricted access to services and assets.

This study highlights five areas that could help change this inequitable situation: education, health, wage labor, agriculture and natural resource management, and financial services. A gender and development strategy is suggested that would take into account the relative roles and responsibilities of women and men, implying that the actions and attitudes of men must change. The ideas presented in this paper are an example of the World Bank's commitment to mainstreaming gender concerns into its operations. Although significant steps have already been taken in this direction, there remains a long road ahead.

Also available: English (ISBN 0-8213-2963-4) Stock No. 12963; Spanish (ISBN 0-8213-3024-1) Stock No. 13024.

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