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Engineering and gender issues - evidence from low-income countries

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posted on 10.01.2013 by Brian Reed, Sue Coates
Engineers' work has an impact on society, economically, environmentally and socially. However, society is not uniform and some people will benefit or be adversely impacted more than others. Access to decision making is one important factor in determining the impact on different social groups. In low-income countries, the development of infrastructure can transform the domestic chores of collecting water, fuel or food and can improve the local environment through improved sanitation. Many of these tasks are the responsibility of women, yet they can be excluded from the development process. Engineers can contribute to the inclusion of socially excluded groups of people through increasing the involvement of men and women in engineering decision making and adopting technologies that suit women's needs, resulting in better infrastructure and more equitable societies.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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  • Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)

Citation

REED, B. and COATES, S., 2003. Engineering and gender issues - evidence from low-income countries. Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer, 156 (2), pp.127-133.

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© ICE Publishing

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VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2003

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This article was published in the journal, Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/serial/muen. Permission is granted by ICE Publishing to print one copy for personal use. Any other use of these PDF files is subject to reprint fees.

ISSN

0965-0903

eISSN

1751-7699

Language

en

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