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Third World Women Speak Out: Interviews in Six Countries on Change, Development, and Basic Needs
Third World Women Speak Out Interviews in Six Countries on Change Development and Basic Needs Author:Perdita Huston This is a book about the enormously complex problems experienced daily by women in the developing world - told with striking simplicity by the women themselves. — Interviewed in fields, markets, clinics, and offices, the women share with Perdita Huston their personal views and feelings about the impact of rapid change upon their families and them... more »selves, about the problems of earning enough cash to subsist in newly monetized economies, about the constraints of social custom that continue to limit their contributions to family and society, and about their aspirations and new opportunities. In many village and some urban settings - in Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, and Mexico - they speak of education, nutrition and health problems, the men in their lives, birth control decisions, women's organizations, development projects, and political leadership.
Often clearly on target in their understanding, sometimes groping for explanations beyond their reach, the women reveal perceptions which - together with custom and economic and political structures - shape their limited life choices.
These vignettes enlarge our understanding of what it will take to overcome poverty in its varied environments around the world. They clarify some of the differences and commonalities between the situation of women in Western societies and that of women in the developing countries. For those who are immersed in development planning, they can provide an opportunity to listen, once again or even for the first time, to the wealth of perceptions of needs and solutions that is available to them - from women as well as men - at the "grass roots."
The author, Perdita Huston, recently became Peace Corps Regional Director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Pacific. She is a journalist, former medical-social worker, and the mother of three children.« less