(pp.503-526) L. A. Khalfalla and E. M. Ahmed ‘The impact of privatisation on the position of Sudanese women’, World Sustainable Development Outlook, 2014
Purpose – As indicated in this study, women’s position in the Sudanese context is perceived to be subordinate to men as reflected in state policies. This appears in the different institutions, starting with the labour market, society and at household/family levels. How can we explain their subordination in Sudan?
Design/methodology/approach – There is a growing body of literature by feminist scholars who debate issues of women’s subordination by the capitalist system in the form of neo-liberal economics. These entail Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs), as well as privatisation that impacts on women’s work, together with the influence of patriarchal systems that operate in the different institutions, including the family, society, the labour market and the state.
Findings – The debate in itself is not the only reason for us to closely examine the impact of privatisation. The reviewed literature has demonstrated a gap in our knowledge, as the gender perspective has always been absent when privatisation is studied, especially at the national level, and to some extent at the regional and international levels.
Originality/value – This study contributes to the body of knowledge by filling this gap and addressing the impact of privatisation on the position of Sudanese women from a gender perspective.
Keywords Privatisation, Women, Labour market, Subordination, Sudan
Paper type Review