This volume brings together influential contemporary research and discussion papers to explore the issue of women’s economic empowerment in the Indian Ocean rim. Women’s economic empowerment has become a central policy concern of many Indian Ocean rim countries, such as Australia, and of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). This book highlights a range of perspectives on the issue by examining a variety of case studies. Its aim is to provide research that helps develop evidence-based policy-making, to assist in the better implementation of gender responsive policy frameworks and budgets. The book covers themes such as: regional governance approaches to fostering women’s economic empowerment; the obstacles to informal trade; gender bias in policy development; and differing roles and purposes for women’s education. This volume is essential reading for all those interested in policy affecting development; trade; women’s education; professional training and training; governance structures and practices; and gender equality in the Indian Ocean region. The chapters originally published as a special issue in the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region.

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