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BRIDGE Gender and Development in Brief. Issue 1: Environmental Policy

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Have recent changes in environmental policy produced real benefits for women' Evidence suggests that many projects fail to promote women's interests. This issue of 'Development and Gender in Brief' highlights how, for example, attempts to address the wood shortage in Ghana have been biased towards men, and how special efforts are required to extend women's participation in water and sanitation activities beyond their traditional roles. The same is true of responses to environmental disasters such as the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone; women's needs were neglected leading to higher mortality among women than men. The World Bank's new water resources management policy is also reviewed. This advocates water pricing to promote sustainable use. But can women pay' Currents, a special column on the back page, airs opinion on a different issue: the 'feminisation of poverty'.

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