The Need For Women in Development as an Approach to Third World Problems
Hooft, Mila Visser 't
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The chapters that follow attempt to show in an ordered fashion the need, cause, and theory of Women in Development as an approach to the problem of Third World development. Chapter I, Facts and Figures, will list a large amount of information depicting the position of women world wide. Highlighted are issues of labor, education, health, human rights, and political rights. It is my intention to have these (rather dry and depressing) figures convey a sense of urgency and importance with which we have to look at the situation of women in Third World countries. Chapter 2 will tie those facts and figures together, and show how women (and men for that matter) are stuck in a tight grid of interlinked systems, that do not allow room for personal choice or escape. These interrelations clarify the regression of the status of women in various areas of life. Chapter 3 will look at how most programs of and approaches to development have ignored women and their contribution to the well-being of their society, how that has left the position of women stagnant while that of men has changed, and how (even worse) it has affected the position, well-being and workload of women negatively. Chapter 4 describes the theory of Women in Development as an attitude of working together in an equal partnership with women (and also men), rather than as a strict, inflexible set of rules, projections and guidelines delegated by First World program directors and economists.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.