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The Role of Labour Standards in DevelopmentFrom theory to sustainable practice?$
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Tonia Novitz and David Mangan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264911

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264911.001.0001

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The political economy of women’s human rights*

The political economy of women’s human rights*

Problems of gender, violence, development and labour

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(p.58) 4 The political economy of women’s human rights*
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The Role of Labour Standards in Development
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Jacqui True

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264911.003.0005

The chapter examines the question of whether there is a relationship between women's poor access to productive resources such as land, property, income, employment, technology, credit, and education, and their likelihood of experiencing gender-based violence and abuse. It begins with a discussion of the feminist political economy method, which seeks to comprehend broader, global political-economic structures that underpin gender inequality and women's vulnerability to violence. It then illustrates with specific examples how the feminist political economy method might be used to analyse violence against women in four strategic sites: (i) neo-liberal economic restructuring and men's reaction to the loss of secure employment; (ii) economic destabilisation and transition; (iii) the growth of a sex trade around the creation of free trade zones; and (iv) the transnational migration of women workers.

Keywords:   violence, abuse, feminist political economy, gender inequality, economic restructuring, economic transition, sex trade, free trade zones, women migrant workers

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