Women and Structural Adjustment

Selected Case Studies Commissioned for a Commonwealth Group of Experts

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These case studies provide much needed information from selected Commonwealth countries which have implemented various types of stabilisation and structural adjustment package with differing degrees of success. They give useful insights into the recent developments and experiences of relevance. These are brought together in the final study which carries out a comparative review, focusing on the main issues raised earlier and pointing to the gaps which remain to be filled by future research.



The Impact of Stabilisation and Structural Adjustment on Women: The Case of Trinidad and Tobago

Since the UN Decade for Women which culminated in the Women's World Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1985, there has been increasing concern, particularly in developing societies, about the need for a more gender-aware approach in the shaping and implementation of public policy. Gender, like other social categories such as class, race, age and rural/urban differentiation, is a key determinant of the way in which public policy programmes - as outputs and outcomes - impact upon the quality of life of a population within any given policy environment.


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