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Gender and the Economic Crisis

Gender and the Economic Crisis

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The current global economic crisis is expected to lead to millions more people being pushed into extreme poverty. The effects are profoundly different for women and men, and the existing gender inequalities and power imbalances mean that additional problems are falling disproportionately on those who are already structurally disempowered and marginalised.

The economic crisis is the latest element in a complex web of shocks and longer-term traumas affecting women, men and their families in developing countries. These include food and fuel shocks, changing climatic conditions, and the HIV pandemic. For many people living in poverty, these crises are experienced as one multifaceted crisis, which has accentuated already-existing underlying chronic concerns in both the productive and the reproductive (care) economies of the world. While these issues remain largely invisible to mainstream economists and policymakers, they are critical to the development of effective and sustainable responses to the crisis.

Contributors to this book come from a range of international perspectives and begin to map the impact on women and men and their families in different contexts, and suggest policy and practice changes. Authors include key figures in the research field as well as policymakers and development practitioners, who analyse, with first-hand experience, the initial impacts of the economic crisis in South and East Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The current global economic crisis is expected to lead to millions more people being pushed into extreme poverty. The effects are profoundly different for women and men, and the existing gender inequalities and power imbalances mean that additional problems are falling disproportionately on those who are already structurally disempowered and marginalised.

The economic crisis is the latest element in a complex web of shocks and longer-term traumas affecting women, men and their families in developing countries. These include food and fuel shocks, changing climatic conditions, and the HIV pandemic. For many people living in poverty, these crises are experienced as one multifaceted crisis, which has accentuated already-existing underlying chronic concerns in both the productive and the reproductive (care) economies of the world. While these issues remain largely invisible to mainstream economists and policymakers, they are critical to the development of effective and sustainable responses to the crisis.

Contributors to this book come from a range of international perspectives and begin to map the impact on women and men and their families in different contexts, and suggest policy and practice changes. Authors include key figures in the research field as well as policymakers and development practitioners, who analyse, with first-hand experience, the initial impacts of the economic crisis in South and East Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Published by: Oxfam on Apr 04, 2011
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06/10/2013

 
Gender and the Economic Crisis
 
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‘Much of the commentary on the 2007/8 crisis has focused on thefinancial sector, its epicentre, or at best, on its implications for the “realeconomy” in terms of economic slowdown and unemployment in theNorth. Much less attention has been given to developing countrieswhich have been embroiled in these crises even if they did not play apart in creating them. What this timely volume documents throughits empirically grounded case studies and analytical contributions, isa gendered analysis of the 2007/8 crisis seen through the interrelatedspheres of finance, production and reproduction, which demystifies it byshowing its full effects on the lives of real women and men in developingcountries. Equally refreshing is the long-term perspective of the volume:rather than presenting the crisis as a sudden and abrupt event, whatit shows is that it was the culmination of more than three decades of ‘Washington Consensus’ policies of liberalization and commercialization(often through debt-related conditionalities). These policies increasedincome inequalities, overstretched women’s time and energies as workersand carers, and exposed families and households to systemic risks,without putting in place the social security systems that could increaseresilience and recovery.’
Shahra Razavi
,
Research Coordinator,
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development 
‘This is to my knowledge the first book on the gender impacts of thecurrent financial crisis and the global recession following the crisis.It is an enormous accomplishment to have brought together such adiverse collection of up-to-date papers with surprisingly recent data.The major strength of this collection of papers lies in its diversity,both regional as well as thematic. In addition, it contains a thoroughanalytical framework for evaluating the crisis and recession from a genderperspective, by Diane Elson. Together, this book provides a unique, earlyinsight into the gendered effects of the crisis well before national levelgender disaggregated data have come available through official statistics.It thereby leaves no excuse to policy makers to ignore possible negativegender effects of their policies.’
 Irene van Staveren
, Professor of Pluralist Development Economics,
  Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam

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