Feminist contributions to the analysis of gender, poverty, and inequality in international development
August 11, 2015
Naila Kabeer believes that “feminists in development have much to bring to the table”. In this article, she provides a brief history of the contributions feminism has made to international development and the analysis of gender, poverty and inequality.
One area involves the conceptualisation of poverty. Previously, poverty was determined by income and, consequently, all members of a household were considered unified. This was an approach that did not account for gender or age, and results of a study published in 1989 revealed that women experience the state of poverty differently than men do. Understanding of the gender dimensions of poverty have only evolved since then.