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Women in the Third World Problems and Prospects One of the major problems women in the Third World face is the low status put on their lives and hence their families communities and societies are all greatly affected Another problem women in the Third World face is insufficient participation in growth and development Womens access to economic resources income and employment has worsened their burdens of work have increased and their health nutritional and educational status has declined Limited success is due to the difficulties of overcoming traditional cultural attitudes and prejudices regarding womens participation in economic and social life There is an inter-linked crisis of growing impoverishment food insecurity environmental degradation and growing demographic pressure that have worsened their problems Sen 1987 Status of Women The power of women is limited in the Third World They are thought of as second class citizens and mostly men inflict this viewpoint on them In India boys are thought of as an asset to the family There is a saying that through a son a man conquers the world Eirlich In India it is thought of as too expensive to educate girls Parents must decide whether to educate their girls or give the girls dowry to husbands A woman must marry a man her parents find for her If these women dont give birth to boys then the in-laws say they are useless Many women have to look after their children alone Parents resort to desperate measures to get a son They dont just rely on spirituality but use technology like amniocentesis and ultrasound Many parents when they are told they are having a girl will get an abortion but they will never request an abortion when they are having a boy Eirlich In India young girls end up working while boys play When they
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