Contents: I. Non-market work and the system of national accounts: the case of Bangladesh: Introduction. 1. A brief history of the theory of productive labour. 2. The United Nations System of National Accounts (UNSNA). 3. Definition of the labour force. 4. Review of literature on the evaluation of housework. 5. Disaggregating conventional GDP by sex. 6. Evaluating non-market work. 7. Summary and conclusion. II. Trends in women in development: the case of Bangladesh: Introduction. 1. Women and the social sectors. 2. Women and employment. 3. Women's role in the economic sectors. 4. Women and poverty. 5. Legal status of women. 6. Women and politics. 7. Women and violence. 8. Women and the media. 9. Impact of free market economy and structural adjustments on women. 10. The role of the state in promoting the development of women. 11. The role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) in promoting the development of women. Conclusions. III. Women and empowerment in Bangladesh: issues and concepts: Introduction. 1. Concepts and interpretations of empowerment. 2. Issues. 3. Problems of operationalizing empowerment. 4. Evidence of the empowerment of women from cross-country illustrations. 5. Policy guidelines. 6. Monitoring empowerment. Epilogue. Index.
"One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh's 25 years of existence has been peppered with violent political upheavals, natural disasters of gargantuan proportions, and an increase in the absolute number of people living in poverty. Against this background Why Wowmen Count assesses the social and economic situation of women in Bengladesh.
"The foundation is laid by the first essay Non-market work and the system of national accounts which emphasizes the importance of accurately accounting in the GDP the work done by women both in and outside the home. A methodology is presented which evaluates non-market work and estimates the contributions made by men and women to the national income of Bangladesh.
"The second essay, Trends in women and development, builds on this foundation and examines the situation of women in an economic, social and cultural context. It traces the growth of interest in women's issues and highlights the trends in attempts made by the state and other agencies in promoting the development of women in the country.
"The third and final essay, Women and empowerment in Bangladesh, focuses on the complexity of empowerment as an alternate development strategy for women. A review of the concepts and interpretations of empowerment is followed by discussions on the problems faced and successes achieved in operationalizing the practical and strategic issues of this development tool." (jacket)
[Shamim Hamid is a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies.]