Rural Women's Livelihood

Jo Grace and Adam Pain

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI:
Rural Women's Livelihood

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This chapter presents a clear depiction of how Afghan women outside urban areas negotiate to benefit themselves and their families, and how they gain power and fulfillment despite inequities. In particular, it summarizes the evidence on selected aspects of women's role in the rural economy as economic agents (in relation to agriculture, carpets and textiles, and credit systems) and their access and control over land and livestock. Some of the key and differing activities of rural women are reviewed to show aspects of the contribution they make in agriculture. Women and carpets are iconic images of Afghanistan to the external world, and, historically, women have played the major role in carpet and kilim weaving. The significant features and widespread characteristics about rural credit in Afghanistan are explained. Women find a variety of ways to navigate the structural constraints that affect their lives and act for their interests.

Keywords: rural economy; Afghan women; agriculture; carpets; textiles; rural credit; land; livestock; Afghanistan

Chapter.  5652 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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