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Development: Discourse and Practices: Central Asia
(1,072 words)

The decade of transition to the principles of market economy has been painful for the five Central Asian republics: it has increased unemployment, reduced income, and exacerbated poverty. Despite greater need for social assistance, government expenditure on public services has significantly contracted. Challenges of transition weighed heavily on women and especially affected female pensioners, single mothers, and rural women. Cultural stereotypes along with the difficult economic situation decreased the proportion of girls in upper secondary and tertiary…

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Shaabdullaeva, Zukhra I., “Development: Discourse and Practices: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0219c>
First published online: 2009

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