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This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday 27 June on: “the challenges faced by women across the globe, particularly those in developing countries”. It focuses on the challenges faced by women in the developing world, and the action which is being taken by the UK Government, international governments and multilateral aid organisations to address these challenges. It briefly considers the significance of gender within the field of international development, and goes on to summarise some of the key research and statistics on the position of women in the developing world, focusing on four areas: education, employment, health, and violence against women.


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