- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781780325835
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- Publication Date: Apr 2014
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- Pages: 256
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Feminisms, Empowerment and Development
Changing Women’s Lives
Edited by Andrea Cornwall, Jenny Edwards
The economic and political empowerment of women continues to be a central focus for development agencies worldwide; access to medical care, education and employment, as well as women’s reproductive rights remain key factors effecting women’s autonomy. Feminism and Development for Empowerment explores what women are doing to change their own personal circumstances whilst providing an in-depth analysis of collective action and institutionalized mechanisms aimed at changing structural relations.
Drawing on unique, original research and approaching empowerment as a complex process of negotiation, rather than a linear sequence of inputs and outcomes, this crucial collection highlights the difficulty of creating common agendas for the advancement of women’s power and rights, and argues for a more nuanced, context based approach to development theory and practice. An indispensable text for anyone interested in gender and development, this book shows that policies and approaches to development that view women as instrumental to other objectives will never promote women’s empowerment as they fail to address the structures by which gender inequality is perpetuated over time.
Introduction: Negotiating Empowerment?Andrea Cornwall and Jenny Edwards
1.Legal Reform, Women’s Empowerment, and Social Change: The Case of Egypt–Mulki Al-Sharmani
2.Quotas: A Pathway of Political Empowerment??–Ana Alice Alcântara Costa
3. Advancing Women’s Empowerment or Rolling Back the Gains? Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone–Hussainatu J. Abdullah
4. Education: Pathway to Empowerment for Ghanaian Women??–Akosua K. Darkwah
5. Paid Work as a Pathway of Empowerment: Pakistan’s Lady Health Worker Programme - Ayesha Khan
6. Untitled–Hania Sholkamy
7. Changing Representations of Women in Ghanaian Popular Music |- Akosua Adomako and Awo Asiedu
8. Subversively Accommodating: Feminist Bureaucrats and Gender Mainstreaming?–Rosalind Eyben
9. Reciprocity, Distancing, and Opportunistic Overtures: Women’s Organizations Negotiating Legitimacy and Space in Bangladesh?–Sohela Nazneen and Maheen Sultan
10. Empowerment as Resistance: Conceptualizing Palestinian Women’s Empowerment - Eileen Kuttab
11. Crossroads of Empowerment: The Organization of Women Domestic Workers in Brazil? - Terezinha Gonçalves
12. Women’s Dars and the Limitations of Desire – the Pakistan Case ?–Neelam Hussain 13. The Power of Relationships: Money, Love and Solidarity in a Landless Women’s Organization in Rural Bangladesh? –Naila Kabeer and Lopita Huq
13. The Power of Relationships: Mondy, Love and Solidarity in a Landless Women’s Organization in Rural Bangladesh?–Naila Kabeer and Lopita Huq
14. Women Watching Television: Surfing Between Fantasy and Reality?–Aanmona Priyadarshani and Samia Afroz Rahim
15. Family, Households and Women’s Empowerment in Bahia, Brazil, Through the Generations: Continuities or Change??–Cecilia M. B. Sardenberg
About the Authors
Andrea Cornwall is Professor of Anthropology and Development in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. She has worked on participation as a researcher and practitioner for many years, and is author of Beneficiary, Consumer, Citizen (2000) and Democratizing Engagement (Demos) and co-editor of Pathways to Participation (with Garett Pratt, 2003), Spaces for Change? (with Vera Schattan Coelho, 2006) and The Politics of Rights (with Maxine Molyneux, 2009).
Jenny Edwards works at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and is the Programme Administrative Coordinator for the Women’s Empowerment Research Programme Consortium.