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date: 14 October 2019

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Most important economic studies totally or almost totally ignore the question of gender. In many respects, women remain the blind spot in economic discourse, whereas other disciplines in the social sciences have long taken into account the centrality of the gendered character of all human activity. The work of women often involves activities that are productive but outside the monetary circuit, and therefor not considered as being productive. The chapter discusses the approach to this topic by United Nations groups and the World Bank. The traditional law and legislation of several African countries from the time of the independence movement to the present are analyzed regarding their effect on the economic status of women. The 1980s represent a turning point in the attention given to women’s role in the economy. It is argued that the question of women and gender should be integrated into the field of economics.

Keywords: African development, gendered economics, education of women, international donors, traditional law

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