Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 5, May 15

A Theoretical Perspective on Women and Poverty in Botswana
Introduction Globally, women are the most affected by poverty. Although poverty affects men, women and children, there appears to be a stronger link between women and poverty. They are poorer than men and have less access to and control over socio-economic...
Defying the Odds, Not the Abuse: South African Women's Agency and Rotating Saving Schemes, 1994-2017
Introduction This paper is a feminist study of poverty and poverty eradication manoeuvres in post-Apartheid South Africa. It is a feminist exegesis of the role of rotating saving schemes and their future which illuminates issues on gender, poverty...
Determinants of Female's Employment Outcomes in Vietnam
Introduction Vietnamese women have historically been economically empowered. They have a long tradition of participating actively in the labor force. In 2016, about 72.5 percent of women were part of the labor force, higher than in most of the world...
Gender-Based Household Compositional Changes and Implications for Poverty in South Africa
Introduction Over a billion people live in extreme poverty globally and South Africa has its fair share of poor people. Indeed, poverty, along with high unemployment and nontrivial inequality, forms a tripartite socio-economic malaise plaguing South...
Gender Differences in Water Access and Household Welfare among Smallholder Irrigators in Msinga Local Municipality, South Africa
Introduction The success of the smallholder farming sector is a critical element in the fight against food insecurity and poverty in the Sub Saharan African (SSA) region (Kilic et al. 2015). The sector is, however, underperforming in SSA, and agricultural...
Gender Justice and Economic Inclusion in South Africa
Introduction In South Africa, eliminating barriers to the full enjoyment of human rights for the majority of women is critical to the socio-economic development of the society. About two decades ago, the majority of women in South Africa were unable...
Gender, Poverty and Inequality: Exploration from a Transformative Perspective
Introduction International Women's Month (March) is a reminder of how women have been engaged in the struggles for emancipation throughout the world. In South Africa, the month of August was also set aside as Women's Month to mark that fateful day...
Gender, Poverty and Inequality in the Aftermath of Zimbabwe's Land Reform: A Transformative Social Policy Perspective
Introduction While progress has been made towards gender equality in much of the developing regions including sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in terms of parity in education and increased levels of economic and political participation. At the same time,...
Ideological Inequalities: Khmer Culture and Widows' Perception of Remarriage
Introduction To explain the enduring persistence of gender inequality, structural explanations alone are not sufficient. While economic and political inequalities play a significant role in the lives of women and girls, one must look at the realm...
Initiation of Sexual Behaviour and Early Childbearing: Poverty and the Gendered Nature of Responsibility Amongst Young People in South Africa
Introduction Although childbearing is an important life cycle progression event, when it precedes the transition to adulthood, completion of education and employment, it can have significant implications for the health and wellbeing of those involved...
Preventing the Leaky Pipeline: Teaching Future Female Leaders to Manage Their Careers and Promote Gender Equality in Organizations
Introduction Women's access to higher education, especially tertiary education, is increasing. The world Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report states that the educational attainment of females increased from 92% of males' educational level in 2006...
The 'Stigma' of Paid Work: Capital, State, Patriarchy and Women Fish Workers in South India
Introduction Traditional fisher communities in many parts of the world have faced the onslaught of mechanization and capitalist modernization over the past several decades. National governments have aggressively pursued export-oriented fisheries...
Women and Renewable Energy in a South African Community: Exploring Energy Poverty and Environmental Racism
Introduction South Africa is the 14th biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, and has embarked on a process of reducing its impact on the environment by expanding the green economy--that is, creating more jobs by producing environmentally...
Women Entrepreneurship in Kwazulu-Natal: A Critical Review of Government Intervention Politics and Programs
Introduction The recent global recession and persistent economic instability have compelled many countries to drive towards entrepreneurship for sustainable development. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)...
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