Women in Developing Countries
This guide lists resources that will help you find information on women in developing countries from journals, newspapers, books, and Internet resources.
“POPLINE (POPulation information onLINE), the world’s largest database on reproductive health, containing citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues. POPLINE is maintained by the K4Health Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development. (USAID). POPLINE contains nearly 370,000 records; the majority of items are published from 1970 to the present, however, there are selected citations dating back to 1827.”
Women’s Studies Index. 1989 – 2002.
Subject/author index to feminist and mainstream women’s studies periodicals, including U.S. and foreign journals and magazines. Mugar HQ1180 W66. Storage: Use Request Form.
Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. 2 vols. 2009.
From “ABANTU for Development” to “Yin-Yang,” this encyclopedia “covers the major theories, research, people, and issues in contemporary gender studies. This comprehensive, two-volume encyclopedia is distinguished by a cross-national/cross-cultural perspective that provides comparative analyses of the life experiences of men and women around the world.” Mugar Ref. X HQ1115 E54 2009
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide. 6 vols. 2003.
Examination of women’s status and living conditions in 130 countries. Arranged alphabetically by country, in 6 regional volumes: Asia and Oceania, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, North America and the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Mugar Ref. X HQ1115 G74 2003.
Latinas of the Americas: A Source Book. 1989.
Consists of bibliographic essays on women in Latin America. Mugar Z7964 L3 S76 1989. Storage: Use Request Form.
Muslim Women Throughout the World: A Bibliography. 1997.
Bibliography of scholarly studies in English, as well as some fiction, travel accounts, popular publications and devotional studies on Muslim women around the world. Arranged alphabetically by author, with subject and geographical indexes. Mugar Z7963 I74 K56 1997. Storage: Use Request Form.
Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge. 4 vols. 2000.
A-to-Z encyclopedia on women and women’s concerns worldwide. Topics fall within thirteen thematic categories: arts and literature; culture and communication; ecology and the environment; economy and development; education; health, reproduction, and sexuality; history and philosophy of feminism; households and families; politics and the state; religion and spirituality; science and technology; violence and peace; and women’s studies. Mugar Ref. X HQ1115 R69 2000.
Women in Global Migration, 1945-2000: A Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Bibliography. 2001.
Unannotated bibliography on immigrant women, covering such topics as demography, economics, education, health and medicine, law and government policy, personal narratives, psychology, religion, sociology, and statistics, as well as bibliographies and general works on immigrant women. Includes books, book chapters and essays, government documents, journal articles, and dissertations published or presented between 1945 and the end of 1999. Indexed by nationality, religion, ethnic group, and receiving country or region. Mugar Z7164 I3 H62 2001, Storage: Use Request Form. Women Immigrants 1945 to the Present: A Bibliography (last updated in 2005), is a supplement and update of Women in Global Migration.
Women in the Third World: A Reference Handbook. 1997.
Reference work on women in developing countries, including chronology, biographical sketches, directory of resources, and bibliography. Mugar HQ1870.9 K58 1997.
Women in the Third World: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues. 1998.
Contains lengthy essays providing a feminist perspective on issues of gender and socioeconomic development in the third world. Documents the conditions of women across different settings and shows relationships between gender and power. Mugar HQ1870.9 W6548 1998.
Source of demographic and health information on women and their families in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Provides access to data files from national surveys on household living conditions, fertility, family planning, and health, as well as to fact sheets summarizing the surveys.
Statistical Record of Women Worldwide. 1995.
Compilation of statistical data on the lives and status of women worldwide. From a variety of sources. Mugar HQ1150 S73 1995.
“The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 260 indicators of women’s status in 174 countries. Our database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge. The Project began in 2001, and today includes five principal investigators at three universities, as well as a team of up to twenty graduate and undergraduate data extractors.”
Penguin Atlas of Women in the World. 2009.
Contains maps, statistical data, and text pertaining to the status of women in the world. Topics include education, marriage, motherhood, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, lesbians, work, poverty, and sex. Explores similarities and differences. Mugar Ref. X HQ1154 S34 2009.
Stanford University Libraries annotated list of Web links and discussion groups pertaining to African women.
The Web page of the international human rights organization, containing the text of AI documents, including country reports, the annual report, and news releases. A keyword search of “women” produced a long list of documents.
“The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women is a feminist human rights nongovernmental organization that works internationally to oppose all forms of sexual exploitation.”
Information on the publications and work of this Cambridge-based organization founded in 1972 to help indigenous peoples and ethnic groups deal as equals in their relations with national and international societies. Extensive links to indigenous, ethnic and other related Web sites.
Site dedicated to research on female genital cutting (FGC), from psychological, cultural, sexual and human rights perspectives. Includes articles, bibliographies, information on eradication efforts, and links to related sites and discussion forums.
Concerned with the contribution of women in development and the equal participation of women in Bank-funded programs.
Private, nonprofit organization concerned with promoting women’s full participation in social and economic development.
Extensive Web page on Latin America and the Caribbean. Arranged by country and by subject.
Select bibliography of women’s human rights documents; a list of conventions, reports, and articles of governmental and non-governmental organizations on the subject of the human rights of women; and an annotated listing of Web links pertaining to international women’s human rights.
Gateway to UN Information and data on women worldwide, providing access to information on the UN’s work on behalf of women and the global agenda for improving the status of women. Links to the three UN programs devoted to women’s issues: the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).
Information on World Bank development reports, topics in development, countries and regions, and more. See their Gender and Development section.
Annotated list of bibliographies, electronic discussion forums, newsletters and journals, organizations, and regionally-arranged Web sites on women in developing countries (as well as industrialized countries).