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Document Type
Other Documents
Publication Topic(s)
Domestic Violence, Gender, Women's Empowerment
Daniel Vadnais and Adrienne Kols and Noureddine Abderrahim and ORC Macro Calverton, Maryland, USA
Publication Date
August 2006
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“Women’s Lives and Experiences: Changes in the Past Ten Years” takes a close look at how women’s lives have improved since the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. Overall, the pace of change has been slow, and in some places, women are actually facing more hardships than before.

“Women’s Lives and Experiences: Changes in the Past Ten Years” analyzes the results of the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) for 54 countries, and presents findings in easy-to-read graphs and charts. The full-color book focuses on key areas of women lives, including: education, family planning, HIV/AIDS, marriage and sexual relationships, fertility, domestic violence, and nutrition. Photographs from around the world illustrate different aspects of women’s lives.

The only clear evidence of progress is in education and family planning knowledge and use. More young women are attending primary school now than ten years ago and most married women are aware of modern contraceptive methods. In other areas of women’s lives, however, the results are more mixed.