Gender, Generation and Poverty: exploring the ‘feminisation of poverty’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America

gender-generation-and-poverty-exploring-the-feminisation-of-poverty-in-africa-asia-and-latin-americaGender, Generation and Poverty: exploring the ‘feminisation of poverty’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Sylvia Chant

The ‘feminisation of poverty’ is widely viewed as a global trend, and of particular concern in developing regions. Yet although popularisation of the term may have raised women’s visibility in development discourses and gone some way to ‘en-gender’ policies for poverty reduction, the construct is only weakly substantiated. Its over-emphasis on income and on female household headship also conveys little of the contemporary complexities of gendered disadvantage.

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