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Gender Trends in Southeast Asia

Women Now, Women in the Future

Theresa W. Devasahayam

Publication Year: 2009

As a region, Southeast Asia has undergone enormous economic and social changes in the last few decades. Women as a collective have seen their lives transformed as a result of rapid development and economic growth. In exploring the progress made by Southeast Asian men and women, this book seeks to answer the following questions: (a) In what areas have women been able to achieve parity with men? (b) In what areas do women encounter specific disadvantages based on their gender as compared with men? and (c) How have women’s concerns and problems been addressed by the governments in this region with the aim of encouraging gender equality? As the title of this book suggests, the chapters provide an analysis of the broad trends - including changes and continuities - in the experiences, interests and concerns of Southeast Asian women. The chapters examine the trends related to women in the following arenas: the family, economic participation, politics, health, and religion. In some arenas, the trends reflect the disadvantages women face, which in turn have led to gender gaps; in other areas, women's progress has been found to eclipse that of the men, although this tends to be the exception.

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Contributors

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pp. vii-viii

List of Tables and Figures

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

“Gender Trends in Southeast Asia: Women Now, Women in the Future” was a symposium held on 4 December 2008 in conjunction with the Gender Studies Programme of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Established in 2005, the...

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Message

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pp. xiii-xvi

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to address you on a subject that has always been of special interest to me. I find each day of my work fulfilling as I am directly involved in advancing the interests of women in Singapore and things that...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xvii-

This book is a compilation of the papers presented at the one-day symposium “Gender Trends in Southeast Asia: Women Now, Women in the Future” organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on 4 December 2008. The symposium is...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-11

Southeast Asia as a region has undergone vast economic and social transformations in the last several decades. Women as a collective have seen their lives changed as a result of rapid development and economic growth. The Human Development Index records higher levels of literacy and primary school enrolment rates...

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2. Women, Marriage and Family in Southeast Asia

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pp. 12-30

The main aim of this chapter is to look at changes in women’s role in the family, in the face of dramatic contextual changes — globalization, economic growth, urbanization, educational development, and the increasing levels of workforce participation of women...

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3. Gender Trends in Migration and Employment in Southeast Asia

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pp. 31-52

Labour migration is generally nothing new in Southeast Asia. However in recent decades, changes in the contexts and causes of mobility are due to the enormously reduced importance of geographical distances in determining boundaries of labour...

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4. Has Gender Analysis been Mainstreamed in the Study of Southeast Asian Politics?

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pp. 53-72

About twenty years ago, some of us feminist scholars became exasperated at the neglect of gender in writing on Southeast Asian politics and held a conference at Monash University to discuss the matter. As women, we were offended by the invisibility of our sex in political science, and by the discipline’s failure to acknowledge...

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5. Gender Mainstreaming in Health: Mainstream or "Off-Stream"?

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pp. 73-94

The evolution from the WID (Women in Development) approach to the GAD (Gender and Development) approach brought the political language of the feminist discourse to the forefront of discussions in the international development agenda....

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6. Politicization of Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia: Women's Rights and Inter-Religious Relations

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pp. 95-110

Global attention on what goes on in Muslim-majority countries has been keen since 11 September 2001. The perception is that civil and human rights are jeopardized when radical Islam is in control. Gender equality is also one of the more contentious elements of debates whenever Islam is forcefully asserted in society. In...

Index

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pp. 111-115


E-ISBN-13: 9789812309563
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812309556

Page Count: 115
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: 1