Womens Empowerment and Demographic Processes: Moving Beyond Cairo

Hardcover | July 1, 2000

EditorHarriet Presser, Gita Sen

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There is general consensus among the international population community that the commitment achieved at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) to womens empowerment, along with the related goals of improving womens reproductive health and securing theirreproductive rights, represented a paradigm shift in the discourse about population and development, even though there are differences in view whether this is a positive change or not. But while the rhetoric about womens empowerment is pervasive, the concept remains ill-defined, and its relationshipto demographic processes has not been well articulated, either theoretically or empirically. This book brings together leading researchers and policy advocates to explore whether the concept of womens empowerment is indeed useful for an understanding of key demographic processes. Its contributorsidentify new directions for demographic research from the analysis of available data that measure womens empowerment, and point to the implications for population-related policies. Demographic research has focused relatively little to date on gender, let alone the question of power. Yet critiques of available data argue that traditional womens-status indicators, such as education and employment, are often not sensitive enough to capture the nuances of gender power relationsand the ways in which they govern womens and mens reproductive behaviour. This book moves forward to the complex task of conceptualizing, measuring, and analysing womens empowerment. In laying this groundwork, it provides critically important insights into the causes and consequences of populationchange, including migration. The book combines conceptual and empirical research with policy directions and considers the relevance of economic, social, and cultural contexts for the health and well-being of women, adolescents, and children. The countries under study are of both the North and theSouth. This book represents state-of-the-art knowledge on the two-way linkages between womens empowerment and demographic processes.

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There is general consensus among the international population community that the commitment achieved at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) to womens empowerment, along with the related goals of improving womens reproductive health and securing theirreproductive rights, represented a paradigm shift ...

Harriet Presser is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center on Population, Gender, and Social Inequality at the University of Maryland. Gita Sen is Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Mangement in Bangalore, and Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297319

ISBN - 13:9780198297314

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Part I. Introduction1. Harriet B. Presser and Gita Sen: Women's Empowerment and Demographic Processes: Laying the GroundworkPart II. Theoretical Perspectives on Women's Empowerment2. Gita Sen and Srilatha Batliwala: Empowering Women for Reproductive Rights3. Paula England: Conceptualizing Women's Empowerment in Countries of the NorthPart III. Women's Empowerment and Reproductive Health4. Ruth Dixon-Mueller and Adrienne Germain: Reproductive Health and the Demographic Imagination5. Barbara Klugman: Empowering Women through the Policy Process: The Making of Health Policy in South Africa6. Sunita Kishor: Empowerment of Women in Egypt and Links to the Survival and Health of Their InfantsPart IV. Women's Empowerment and Socio-Demographic Processes7. John Hobcraft: The Consequences of Female Empowerment for Child Well-Being: A Review of Concepts, Issues, and Evidence in a Post-Cairo Context8. Anastasia J. Gage: Female Empowerment and Adolescent Demographic Behaviour9. Shireen Jejeebhoy: Women's Autonomy in Rural India: Its Dimensions, Determinants, and the Influence of Context10. Mary M. Kritz, Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye, and Douglas T. Gurak: The Role of Gender Context in Shaping Reproductive Behaviour in Nigeria11. Brigida Garcia: Economic Restructuring, Women's Work, and Autonomy in Mexico12. Graeme Hugo: Migration and Women's Empowerment13. Noriko O. Tsuya: Women's Empowerment, Marriage Postponement, and Gender Relations in Japan: An Intergenerational PerspectivePart V. Future Directions for Population Policy14. Carmen Barroso and Jodi L. Jacobson: Population Policy and Women's Empowerment: Challenges and OpportunitiesHarriet B. Presser: Appendix. Demography, Feminism, and the Science-Policy Nexus