The political economy of women's human rights: Problems of gender, violence, development and labour

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Abstract

The chapter examines the question of whether there is a relationship between women's poor access to productive resources such as land, property, income, employment, technology, credit, and education, and their likelihood of experiencing gender-based violence and abuse. It begins with a discussion of the feminist political economy method, which seeks to comprehend broader, global political-economic structures that underpin gender inequality and women's vulnerability to violence. It then illustrates with specific examples how the feminist political economy method might be used to analyse violence against women in four strategic sites: (i) neo-liberal economic restructuring and men's reaction to the loss of secure employment; (ii) economic destabilisation and transition; (iii) the growth of a sex trade around the creation of free trade zones; and (iv) the transnational migration of women workers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Role of Labour Standards in Development: From Theory to Sustainable Practice
EditorsTonia Novitz, David Mangan
Place of PublicationOxford United Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter4
Pages58-75
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780191754098
ISBN (Print)9780197264911
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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