No Paradise Yet: The World's Women Face the New Century

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Judith Mirsky, Marty Radlett
Zed Books, 2000 - Political Science - 260 pages
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This book, by writers from a wide variety of countries, is a timely review of where the world's women now stand. With a mix of moving descriptions of the situations facing individual women and its up-to-date general information and analysis, this book makes compelling reading. It looks at how much still needs to change, and how women are themselves changing their own situation. The problems that remain are legion, and often experienced by women across very different societies—sexual harassment, domestic violence, legal disabilities, subordination in marriage and personal law, lack of land rights, and difficulties in employment, the absence of childcare facilities, pregnancy testing, consequent dismissal, and wage discrimination. Yet as the authors also make clear, in each country there are courageous women's organizations using research, publicity, lobbying, and direct action in a continuing struggle to transform the realities still faced by so many women, and especially the poor.
 

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Contents

Sexuality under Wraps
1
Tested to their Limit
19
Sacred Knots and Unholy Deals
39
No Paradise Yet
61
A Field of her Own
81
Women no Cry
101
Legalised Cruelty
119
Democracy in the Nation but not at Home
137
File under Hurt
157
Less than Human Treatment
175
Business Orphans
193
No Mothers Day for Women Workers
213
Notes
233
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Judith Mirsky is founding director of the Panos Institute Reproductive Health and Gender Programme, previously an author and editor for the Panos AIDS Programme. She formerly worked for Save the Children (UK) and in India for an Oxfam/Indian government supported NGO in Uttar Pradesh. Her background is in life sciences and social science research.Marty Radlett is co-director of the Panos London Reproductive Health and Gender Programme. From 1986 to 1990 she worked with the Institute's AIDS Information Programme as researcher and editor of the news magazine WorldAIDS. She is also trained as an existential psychotherapist, registered with the United Kingdom Counsel on Psychotherapy.

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