The European Journal of Development Research

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 72–92

Partners in Women-Headed Households: Emerging Masculinities?

  • Javier Pineda


This study examines changing expressions of masculinity and gender relations of power in Colombian women-headed households in which men are working, and women have access to micro credit linked to the financial NGO Women's World Banking. At the level of the household analysis, the study examines the bargaining process within households and gender segregation of work activities. The study describes the labour market context within which the dynamic of gender relations between couples has taken place. Some men have found in women's homebased businesses an alternative form of work and survival. This process has been characterised by female leadership, relations of co-operation and changes in gender identities. The analysis raises some questions and suggestions about gender aware policy in development programmes.


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© European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Pineda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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