GENDERED PATTERNS OF ASSET OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL IN EGYPT
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This study, conducted in Egypt, sought to identify the types of assets women and men perceive as beneficial for their wellbeing, and to determine if patterns of ownership and control of assets coincide with one another. A survey was administered to 200 men and 200 women in the Old and New Lands of Egypt. Survey findings were juxtaposed with qualitative information gathered from a total of 120 semi-structured interviews. We found that both women and men considered land and houses to be the most economically and socially important assets but men had very different perceptions of what they considered to be valuable assets for women. Although gold jewelry and livestock were indeed useful assets for women, they were far more liquefiable and easily alienable from women than land and houses. These findings highlight the importance of enabling women to own and control landed property.