ERIC Number: ED341802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Empowering Older Women: Cross-Cultural Views. A Guide for Discussion and Training.
Chaney, Elsa M., Ed.
This awareness-raising module on women at midlife and older ages in cross-cultural perspective is intended for discussion groups, workshops, and college courses on women's lives in different societies. Based on empowerment workshops in Acapulco, Mexico, and the District of Columbia, in which women from a wide range of social classes and occupations participated, the publication has three parts: (1) a paper, "Empowerment of Older Women: Evidence from Historical and Contemporary Sources," written as a background document for the workshops by Elsa M. Chaney; (2) transcripts of the two discussions at the workshops; and (3) a study guide designed for discussion groups and workshops aimed at a general audience, as well as for groups that wish to go more deeply into the demographic aspects of aging populations. The study guide contains outlines for three discussion sessions. Session I provides background information on empowerment of older women. Session II covers some of the main points in the Chaney article on older women's empowerment in cross-cultural perspective. Session III is based on the "conversations" at the workshops among 13 empowered older women from 10 countries. Excerpts from "Aging in the Third World" (Kevin Kinsella), with extensive statistical data, are provided in support of session I. A list of resource organizations concludes the publication. (KC)
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Demography, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Females, Feminism, Foreign Countries, Life Style, Middle Aged Adults, Older Adults, Public Policy, Rural Urban Differences, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Community
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.; International Federation on Ageing, Washington, DC.
Note: Includes selections from the "Empowerment" Workshops at the Conference on Coping with Social Change: Programs That Work (Acapulco, Mexico, June 1989) and the Conference of the Association of Women in Development (Washington, DC, November 1989). For proceedings and selected papers from the first conference, see CE 050 277-279. This module is one of a series of publications sponsored by the Global Link for Midlife and Older Women (GLOW), an informal, international, network of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.