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Correcting Gender Myopia: Gender Equity, Women"s Welfare, And The Environment


At international conferences throughout the 1990's--in Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Cairo, and Beijing--a new vision of women's health, welfare, and rights was created. This vision acknowledged the deep connections between support for educational, economic, social, and political opportunity for women on the one hand, and progress in stabilizing population growth, protecting the environment, and improving human health on the other.

Despite its potency, this vision has yet to be fully realized. Gender myopia, or blindness to the inequities between women and men, continues to afflict women in many different settings. In Correcting Gender Myopia, Worldwatch researcher, Danielle Nierenberg, reviews the state of women around the globe, documents the links between women's welfare and population, and charts the progress, or lack thereof, in achieving the gender equity that must underlie any viable effort to attain sustainability.

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Sep. 2002

A Woman`s Life
Population Trends, Causes, and Consequences
Revolutionizing Reproductive Health
The Health Hazards of Being Female
Population Politics
Gender Equity and Resource Use
A New Vision
Figure 1: World Population, Through 2000 AD
Figure 2: Percent of Parliamentary Seats Held by Women, _Selected Countries, 2001
Figure 3: Women`s Wages as a Percentage of Men`s Wages _in Manufacturing, Selected Countries
Figure 4: Contraceptive Use and Live Births per Woman _in 133 Countries
Figure 5: Number of HIV-Infected Women and Men _Ages 15-24, December 2001
Figure 6: Estimated Total Fertility Rate in Iran, 1950-2002
Figure 7: Shares of Reduction in Child Mortality Attributed _to Underlying Variables, 1970-95
Table 1: Gender Disparities in Four Social Spheres
Table 2: Examples of Violence Against Women
Box 1: Measures of Migration
Box 2: The Feminization of AIDS
Box 3: Youth and Reproductive Health

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