Gender in The Gambia in Retrospect and Prospect (2012)

Chant, Sylvia with Touray, Isatou
GAMCOTRAP Working Paper 1, Kanifing: The Gambia.

This Working Paper provides an overview of gender in The Gambia, tracing changes in gender roles and relations in the past few decades, and identifying key outstanding barriers to gender equality in the 21st century.

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The Curious Question of Feminising Poverty in Costa Rica

The Importance of Gendered Subjectivities (2008)

Chant, Sylvia
LSE Gender Institute New Working Paper Series, Issue 22, 96pp

Costa Rica is one of the few countries in the Global South where there is apparently ‘hard’ evidence that poverty is ‘feminising’.

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Gender, Cities, and the Millennium Development Goals

in the Global South (2007)

Chant, Sylvia
LSE Gender Institute, New Series Working Paper, Issue 21, London, 79 pp
Abstract

Despite a dedicated Millennium Development Goal for ‘promoting gender equality and empowering women’, and popular rhetoric around the fulfilment of MDG 3 as a prerequisite for achieving all other seven goals, there has been widespread criticism on the part of feminists of their limited scope to address gender inequalities in the Global South. Suggestions have been made by the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Education and Gender Equality to improve the gender-responsiveness of the MDGs. Drawing on recent research on the ‘feminisation of poverty’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America and on the wider literature on gender in cities, this paper reflects on the potential of selected MDGs and their proposed revisions for reducing inequalities among poor urban women and men in the 21st century.

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Children in Female-Headed Households (2007)

Interrogating the Concept of an ‘Inter-Generational Transmission of Disadvantage’ with Particular Reference to The Gambia, Philippines and Costa Rica

Chant, Sylvia
in LSE Gender Institute, New Series Working Paper, Issue 19, London, 107 pp

Suggestions for gender-sensitive policies to help ensure that children in all poor households are guaranteed equality in basic needs and rights.

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Poverty Begins at Home? (2007)

Questioning Some (Mis)Conceptions About Children, Poverty and Privation in Female-headed Households

Chant, Sylvia
Background paper prepared for UNICEF Report on the State of the World’s Children 2007 (UNICEF: New York), 69 pp.

a mounting body of evidence from different parts of the Global South suggests that household headship is not a good predictor of the start that children have in life, nor of their trajectories into adolescence and adulthood. While risks to children’s well-being may arise through discriminatory or hostile attitudes towards female-headed households in society at large, gender dynamics within male-headed units can be just as prejudicial in this regard

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Revisiting the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ and the UNDP Gender Indices (2006)

What Case for a Gendered Poverty Index?

Chant, Sylvia
LSE Gender Institute, New Series Working Paper, Issue 18, London, 91 pp.

…the main aims of this paper are three-fold. The first is to draw attention to existing conceptual and methodological weaknesses with the ‘feminisation of poverty’. The second is to offer some thoughts on how the ‘feminisation of poverty’ could be re-cast to more effectively capture trends in gendered privation among the poor. The third is to propose directions for the kinds of data and indicators which might be incorporated within the GDI or GEM, or used in the creation of a Gendered Poverty Index (GPI)

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The ‘Engendering’ of Poverty Analysis in Developing Regions (2003)

Progress Since the United Nations Decade For Women, and Priorities for the Future

Chant, Sylvia
LSE Gender Institute, New Series Working Paper, Issue 11, London, 66pp.

This paper is based on preliminary work for a three-year programme of investigation into ‘Gender, Poverty and Development: Intergenerational and Household Dynamics’. It also draws on a paper prepared for the Women and Development Unit of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Female Household Headship and the Feminisation of Poverty (2003)

Facts, Fictions and Forward Strategies

Chant, Sylvia
LSE Gender Institute, New Working Paper Series, Issue 9, London, 65pp.
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Female Household Headship, Privation and Power (2001)

Challenging the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ Thesis

Chant, Sylvia (2001)
Working Paper No.01-09b, Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University, New Jersey, 41pp.
Chant, Sylvia
in Progress in Development Studies, 16:4
Abstract

Identifying that some benefits accrue to women from evading patriarchy in the domestic domain does not constitute grounds for policymakers to ignore gender biases in poverty. Rather, it highlights that poverty-generating processes among women are more complex than for men, and that gender inequality needs to be addressed within as well as beyond the boundaries of household units. The article draws not only on fieldwork with low-income households in Mexico and Costa Rica, but from other studies of female headship in Latin America and beyond.

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Gender, Urbanisation and Housing: Issues and Challenges for the 1990s

Chant, Sylvia (1996)
Research Papers in Environmental and Spatial Analysis No.32,
Department of Geography, London School of Economics, 80pp.

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