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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Destabilisation, Economic Adjustment and the Impact on Women
Author:Cliff, J.
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:civil wars
economic policy
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10130950.1992.9675224
Abstract:In the 1980s, the countries of southern Africa have suffered extensive destabilization, economic crisis, and structural adjustment. This article focuses on Mozambique. The first part describes the impact of destabilization on women (rape and torture, displacement, loss of children, separation from husbands, and insecurity in producing the family food supply). The second part presents the theoretical case for the impact of adjustment programmes on women, considering women not only in their role as producers, but also as providers of the family food supply and organizers of the home. The author presents data showing that structural adjustment in Mozambique, which began in 1987, has increased urban poverty and reduced access to health and education services. She also discusses ameliorative measures ('adjustment with a human face', 'adjustment with gender equity') and issues in research and monitoring. Bibliogr.