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What Do We Mean by ?Feminization of Poverty??

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  • Marcelo Medeiros

    () (International Poverty Centre)

  • Joana Costa

    () (International Poverty Centre)

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The ?feminization of poverty? is an idea that dates back to the 1970s. It was popularized at the start of the 1990s, not least in research by United Nation agencies. The concept has various meanings, some of which are not entirely consistent with its implicit notion of change. We propose a definition that is in line with many recent studies in the field: the feminization of poverty is a change in poverty levels that is biased against women or female-headed households. (...)

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  • Marcelo Medeiros & Joana Costa, 2008. "What Do We Mean by ?Feminization of Poverty??," One Pager 58, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:opager:58
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    1. World Bank, 2012. "A Gender (R)evolution in the Making? Expanding Women's Economic Opportunities in Central America : A Decade in Review," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12468, The World Bank.

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