Structural Adjustment (an economic tool to exploit women)

Structural Adjustment is the name of an economic regime imposed mainly on less developed countries that enforces drastic cuts to public employment and services spending in exchange for international lending. It also mandates privatization and opening to foreign investment, and pushes the resulting hardships largely onto women and their families. Speakers are Jamaican radio journalist and host Barbara Gloudon, and the following economists: Peggy Antrobus from the Caribbean and Gita Sen from India, founding members of DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era – an organization of economists from the global South); Elizabeth Lwanga-Okwenje, African Region Director, Oxfam America; Elaine Zuckerman, former employee of World Bank; and Alice Rivlin, Brookings Institution.

The Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS) has been covering the global women’s movement and related issues for community radio since 1986. WINGS may be contacted at [email protected].

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