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Gender, Behavior, and HealthSchistosomiasis Transmission and Control in Rural Egypt$
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Samiha El Katsha and Susan Watts

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9789774247286

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774247286.001.0001

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Gender Issues in Rural Egypt

Gender Issues in Rural Egypt

(p.9) 2 Gender Issues in Rural Egypt
Gender, Behavior, and Health

Samiha El Katsha

American University in Cairo Press

The links between gender and health are played out in the Egyptian setting against a background of rapid political, social, and economic change. The Revolution of 1952 promised a better life for all citizens. It provided free secondary and university education for all young people who passed the necessary examinations. By the early and mid-1990s, the majority of Egyptians were better off, in material terms, than they had been forty years earlier. Basic foodstuffs and transportation were subsidized by the government. Socioeconomic conditions and the position of women have been less favorable in rural than in urban areas. Representatives from Egypt included nationally known figures, as well as a group of women from a rural based NGO who had not previously traveled outside their home district.

Keywords:   gender and health, Egyptians, foodstuffs, transportation, socioeconomic conditions

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