Women-headed households: The need for good data – Yajna Sanguhan ’14

International Trade, Finance, and Development alum Yajna Sanguhan ’14 is a research assistant at the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), a think tank in Sri Lanka. An article she wrote on women-headed households (WHHs) has just been published in that country’s DailyFT newspaper.

Excerpt from the article:

“While we continue to use the concept of “head of the household”, it is imperative that as a first step to deconstructing WHHs and informing policy makers, new methods are employed to collect data and a rigorous, holistic approach is taken to capture the diverse and nuanced experiences amongst Women-Headed Households in Sri Lanka…

Understanding the gendered dimensions of poverty not only requires superior data but a better use of the currently available data.

Read the full article on DailyFT

The article is part of an ongoing series of articles by the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) about WHHs that tries to present a more nuanced understanding of the topic. There are many WHHs across Sri Lanka, but there has been a rise due to the 26-year civil war, which ended in 2009.

Yajna has been working at CEPA for a year and developed this article as a result of her research into gender and poverty in the context of post-war Sri Lanka.

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