This volume brings together influential contemporary research and discussion papers to explore the issue of women’s economic empowerment in the Indian Ocean rim. Women’s economic empowerment has become a central policy concern of many Indian Ocean rim countries, such as Australia, and of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). This book highlights a range of perspectives on the issue by examining a variety of case studies. Its aim is to provide research that helps develop evidence-based policy-making, to assist in the better implementation of gender responsive policy frameworks and budgets. The book covers themes such as: regional governance approaches to fostering women’s economic empowerment; the obstacles to informal trade; gender bias in policy development; and differing roles and purposes for women’s education. This volume is essential reading for all those interested in policy affecting development; trade; women’s education; professional training and training; governance structures and practices; and gender equality in the Indian Ocean region. The chapters originally published as a special issue in the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region.
Table of Contents
1. Foreword 2. The future of women’s economic empowerment in the Indian Ocean region: governance challenges and opportunities 3. Opportunities and challenges faced by women involved in informal cross-border trade in the city of Mutare during a prolonged economic crisis in Zimbabwe 4. Recognizing Indonesian fisherwomen’s roles in fishery resource management: profile, policy, and strategy for economic empowerment 5. The ‘Barefoot Model’ of economic empowerment in rural Rajasthan 6. Protecting Indonesia’s women migrant workers from the grassroots: a story of Paguyuban Seruni 7. Sega as voice-work in the Indian Ocean region 8. Women’s economic empowerment in the Indian Ocean region through gender equality in work: building a common agenda 9. Women’s empowerment in the global South
Timothy Doyle is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he teaches Global Environmental Politics, International Political Economy and Political Fiction. He is Chair of Politics and International Relations at Keele University in the United Kingdom. Professor Doyle is also Distinguished Research Fellow at the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute (AAPI), Curtin University, Western Australia.
Adela Alfonsi is Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She is Commissioning Editor of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (Taylor & Francis).