ERIC Number: ED372238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Women Are "The Key to Progress." The Situation of Women in Developing Countries and German Efforts To Improve Their Situation. IN Visitors' Information Special Report, SO 5.
Women in developing countries carry out three-quarters of all work in rural areas, are often exposed to great health risks through frequent childbirth, and are disadvantaged compared with men in education and training. Modernization has burdened women with new responsibilities and more work but has improved health care. The economic and social changes caused by development and development assistance can sometimes worsen the status and life situation of women. A targeted promotion of women is the only way to satisfy basic needs and reduce poverty. Almost all organizations of German development cooperation participate in the complex task of promoting women in developing countries. Promotion is implemented in the following ways: access for women to training and advice, credits, and work-relieving technologies; participation of women themselves; and an integrated approach that aims at the joint promotion of men and women. Germany attempts in many different areas and with different means to contribute to the promotion of women in developing countries: relief in household work, primary health services, family planning services, agriculture, and education. The effectiveness of development cooperation can be increased with the strengthening of self-help groups' capabilities to solve problems themselves and models that bring about development processes beyond projects and programs. (Three projects in Burkina Faso, Colombia, and Indonesia are described.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter Nationes, Bonn (Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Germany