The "Feminisation of Poverty" The use of a concept

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Carolina Johansson Wennerholm
The concept of the "feminisation of poverty" is used extensively in the development debate and it has meant three distinct things: that women compared to men have a higher incidence of poverty, that women´s poverty is more severe than men´s and that the incidence of poverty among women is increasing compared to that of men. This study attempts to give an initial overview of how the concept has been used, by whom, in what context, and where possible, why it has beed used the way it has.

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