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Lesotho’s Performance in the Global Gender Gap Index 2010 : Conflicts over Resources and Roles of the Female Breadwinner

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Kroeker, Lena:
Lesotho’s Performance in the Global Gender Gap Index 2010 : Conflicts over Resources and Roles of the Female Breadwinner.
In: Daniel, Antje ; Fink, Katharina ; Kroeker, Lena ; Schütze, Jaana (ed.): Women's Life Worlds "In-Between". - Bayreuth , 2011 . - pp. 80-100 . - (Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers ; 7 ) (BIGSASworks ; 1/2011)

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"In between Life and Death" - HIV-Positive Women in Lesotho and their Obstetric Choices
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Project financing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst

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Annually, the World Economic Forum publishes the Global Gender Gap Index which ranks 134 countries in terms of gender disparity. Criteria for measuring this gender-based gap include economic participation, political empowerment, educational attainment as well as health and survival. Surprisingly, the 2010 index
found a consistent increase in women's general participation in the above in Lesotho which now ranks 8th, and has thereby positioned itself ahead of most Western
De jure, Basotho-women have managed households in the absence of men since the late 19th century due to male labor migration. Recent shifts in the labor market since the 1980s have caused women to also join in labor migration, and in doing so, like the index attests, female family breadwinners have now gained ground in their educational attainment, access to healthcare, and economic participation and are now de facto
heading household units. However the new labor market can only be said to have brought about a separation of households and not an actual shift in gender and generational interaction.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Lesotho; Gender Gap Index; Women; Labour market; economy
Institutions of the University: Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Graduate Schools
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 350 Public admininistration, military science
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 07:35
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2019 07:35