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Gender issues In general when considering third world countries most would say that they have some very similar characteristics Third world countries are often thought of as places that are impoverished have significantly high birthrates are economically dependent on advanced countries and have not evolved socially in regards to equal rights issues Although many of these characteristics do apply to Sri Lanka the latter has definitely evoked some discussion on the topic of gender issues in underdeveloped countries Issues such as decision making in the household educated women and their role in society and attitudes towards women in employment will be discussed As stated earlier most would agree that from a distant perspective Sri Lanka would seem to be socially underdeveloped in regards to equal rights One way that this misconception is debunked is by looking at the roles of male and female in the household There are many variables to take into consideration when looking at roles of family members and who has the balance of power for instance if the wife is working or not could be considered at both ends of the scale If she is working than her husband may feel that because she is making a financial contribution she has more of a right to make important economic decisions that may effect the family On the other hand he may feel as though her being away from the children is a detriment to their upbringing and in turn is placing a burden upon the family leaving the wife with few domestic decisions Another variable that has to be considered is if the residence is with the husbands family or if it is with the wifes family In this case one would assume that whichever house was being resided in would have the balance of the say towards family decisions The last variable that will be considered is that of marital duration Does a longer marriage necessarily
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