Women in Developing Countries: A Reference Handbook

Women in Developing Countries: A Reference Handbook

Women in Developing Countries: A Reference Handbook

Women in Developing Countries: A Reference Handbook

Synopsis

Computers are ubiquitous throughout all life-cycle stages of engineering, from conceptual design to manufacturing maintenance, repair and replacement. It is essential for all engineers to be aware of the knowledge behind computer-based tools and techniques they are likely to encounter. The computational technology, which allows engineers to carry out design, modelling, visualisation, manufacturing, construction and management of products and infrastructure is known as Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE). Engineering Informatics: Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Engineering, 2nd Edition provides the foundation knowledge of computing that is essential for all engineers. This knowledge is independent of hardware and software characteristics and thus, it is expected to remain valid throughout an engineering career. This Second Edition is enhanced with treatment of new areas such as network science and the computational complexity of distributed systems. Key features: Provides extensive coverage of almost all aspects of Computer-Aided Engineering, outlining general concepts such as fundamental logic, definition of engineering tasks and computational complexity Every chapter revised and expanded following more than ten years of experience teaching courses on the basis of the first edition Covers numerous representation frameworks and reasoning strategies Considers the benefits of increased computational power, parallel computing and cloud computing Offers many practical engineering examples and exercises, with lecture notes available for many of the topics/chapters from the ASCE Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology, Global Centre of Excellence in Computing (www.asceglobalcenter.org), providing a valuable resource for lecturers. Accompanied by a website hosting updates and solutions Engineering Informatics: Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Engineering, 2nd Edition provides essential knowledge on computing theory in engineering contexts for students, researchers and practising engineers.

Excerpt

The purpose of this book is to provide a survey of the literature and other resources on the topic of women in developing countries and to provide sources for further research. The vast range of literature and resources available offers many opportunities to learn more about these women’s lives, including the challenges many of them face on a daily basis. A tremendous amount of growth in knowledge and research has occurred in this field in recent years and this volume reviews current knowledge and resources in order to help the reader understand the evolving issues surrounding this important and timely topic.

While some progress has been made in alleviating the many problems faced by women in developing countries, there is still much room for improvement. International law and many national laws prohibit various forms of discrimination against women, but in reality discrimination and abuse still exist.

This book, like other books in the Contemporary World Issues series, provides a balanced survey of the resources available and a guide to further research on the topic of women in developing countries. Chapter 1 provides background and historical information. Chapter 2 discusses important issues and controversies in the area of women and development. Issues that are of concern to the United States are examined in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 provides a chronology of significant events in the recent history of women in developing countries. Chapter 5 offers biographical sketches of women who have played or are playing key roles in transforming developing societies and cultures. Chapter 6 provides statistical and other data and information and includes summaries of the key UN conventions designed to provide women with rights equal to men. Chapter 7 contains a . . .

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