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Empowering Women
Legal Rights and
Opportunities in Africa

blic Disclosure Authorized

Mary Hallward-Driemeier and Tazeen Hasan


Legal Rights and
Economic Opportunities
in Africa
Mary Hallward-Driemeier and Tazeen Hasan

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Attribution—Please cite the work as follows: Hallward-Driemeier, Mary, and Tazeen Hasan. 2012. Empowering Women: Legal Rights and Economic Opportunities in Africa. Africa Development Forum series. Washington, DC: World Bank. DOI: 10.1596/978-0-8213-9533-2. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0

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ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8213-9534-9
DOI: 10.1596/978-0-8213-9533-2
Cover photo: Dana Smillie, World Bank. Cover design: Debra Naylor, Naylor Design, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Hallward-Driemeier, Mary, 1966–
Empowering women : legal rights and economic opportunities in Africa / by Mary HallwardDriemeier and Tazeen Hasan. p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-8213-9533-2 — ISBN 978-0-8213-9534-9 (electronic) 1. Women—Africa—Economic conditions. 2. Women—Africa—Social conditions. 3. Women’s rights—Africa. 4. Sex discrimination against women—Africa. I. Hasan, Tazeen. II. Title. HQ1787.H35 2012


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