Handbook of Research on Women's Issues and Rights in the Developing World
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Handbook of Research on Women's Issues and Rights in the Developing World

Noted as an IGI Global Core Reference Title in Social Sciences & Humanities for 2019.

Nazmunnessa Mahtab (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Tania Haque (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Ishrat Khan (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Md. Mynul Islam (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) and Ishret Binte Wahid (BRAC, Bangladesh)
Release Date: August, 2017|Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 452
ISBN13: 9781522530183|ISBN10: 1522530185|EISBN13: 9781522530190|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3018-3


Equal rights for women are an essential aspect for establishing strong societies. By making strides on these issues, nations are helping to create valuable civilizations for their own population to establish livelihoods in.

The Handbook of Research on Women's Issues and Rights in the Developing World is a pivotal scholarly resource that discusses the current issues facing women’s rights in developing nations, as well as suggestions for improvements on these problems. Featuring in-depth discussions on relevant topics such as working-class women, gender theories, and international migration, this publication is an ideal resource for academicians, students, and researchers that are interested in learning more about the current challenges to the women’s rights movement, and how to best combat them.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Commuting Environments
  • Gender Inequality
  • Gender Theories
  • Girls’ Rights
  • International Migration
  • Social Reproduction
  • Working Environments
  • Working-Class Women

Reviews and Testimonials

Chapters stress the importance of including men in the dialogue (“Engaging Men in Women’s Economic Empowerment in Butiama District, Mara Region, Tanzania”) and track the development of women’s issues from the crowded public bus (“Women’s Commuting Environment in Public Buses in Dhaka City: A Case of Men’s Perspectives”) to the corporate board room (“Role of Women Empowerment in Public and Corporate Leadership”). Each chapter opens with an abstract to establish the impetus and methodology of the research that follows.The material in this volume would have a broad appeal to women’s rights advocates, global policy makers, business leaders, educators, students, and many others.

– ARBA Staff Reviewer

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Nazmunnessa Mahtab is Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. She is also one of the founding members involved in the establishment of the Department. She had been a teacher in the Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka since 1972. After graduating from the University of Dhaka, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Politics, with specialization in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London, in 1975. She completed her PhD from the University of Delhi, India in 1982. She also did her Postdoctoral Research as a Senior Fulbright Scholar from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 1989. Dr. Mahtab served as the Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration from 1986-1989 and Chairperson of the Department of Women and Gender Studies from 2003-2006. She has been working on women’s issues and concerns for more than three decades, and has conducted many research works on diverse aspects of women’s lives. Her areas of specialization include: Women and Poverty, Gender, and Development; Violence Against Women; CEDAW and Women’s Rights; Gender and Governance; Women in Public Policy; and Leadership and Empowerment of Women. She is associated with many women’s organizations, both at home and abroad. Dr. Mahtab possesses the experience and expertise of working as a Gender Consultant with the Government as well as with many international agencies, such as the UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, USAID. She has worked with many NGOs assisting them in developing a Gender Policy for their respective organizations. Dr. Mahtab also participated in gender training programs first as a trainee and later on as a trainer. She has participated in national and international seminars and conferences both at home and abroad and has written extensively on women’s issues and problems. She has published three books: Women in Bangladesh: From Inequality to Empowerment (2007); Introduction to Women and Gender Studies: Selected Texts on Issues and Concepts (2011);Women, Gender, and Development: Contemporary Issues (2012).
Tania Haque is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. She graduated in Public Administration from Dhaka University. She also obtained her first MA degree in Public Administration from the same University. She was nominated by the Department, under a Dutch fellowship to study at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague from where she received her second Master’s degree. She has completed her MA in Development Studies (specialization in Women, Gender and Development) at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. Her research work for Masters Programme focused on the redistribution of work in the family. She served as the Chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies, from April 2012 to April 2015. She is currently engaged on working on her PhD dissertation on Unpaid Care Work; Recognition or Redistribution. She has several publications to her credit. Her areas of interest include Care economy, Violence against women, Feminization of Poverty and Empowerment.