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Where Women Stand:
An International Report on the Status of Women in 140 Countries 1997-1998

by Naomi Neft

ISBN 0679780157 / 9780679780151 / 0-679-78015-7
Publisher Random House Reference
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Worldwide, women have made great strides in the past few decades, as this valuable reference listing 140 countries shows. Health, life expectancies, and literacy rates among women have improved. Seats in public office have been gained. But pockets of resistance to the concept of women's rights have turned back the clock in several countries. Strict Islamic law demanded by the religious fundamentalist Taliban in Afghanistan hobbles women severely. Kuwaiti women are still not allowed to vote. A resurgent Catholic Church in post-Communist Poland temporarily restricted liberal abortion laws in 1993. And worldwide violence against women--from domestic assault to mass rape sanctioned during war--continues apace. Based largely on U.N.-sponsored research, this fact-filled book includes 21 in-depth country profiles. [via]