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- Publication Date: Feb 2014
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- Pages: 304
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Feminist Activism in Transnational Contexts
Edited by Sohela Nazneen, Maheen Sultan
Voicing Demands is a collection of analytical narratives of what has happened to feminist voice, a key pathway to women’s empowerment. These narratives depart from the existing debate on women’s political engagement in formal institutions to examine feminist activism for building and sustaining constituencies through raising, negotiating and legitimizing women’s voice under different contexts.
Bringing together the reflections and experiences of feminist researchers and activists in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, this unique volume explores how various global trends, such as the development of transnational linkages, the rise of conservative forces, the NGOization of feminist movements, and an increase in the power of donors, have created opportunities and challenges for feminist voice and activism.
Introduction: Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts - Sohela Nazneen and Maheen Sultan
1. Well-Chosen Compromises? Feminists Legitimizing Voice in Bangladesh - Sohela Nazneen and Maheen Sultan
2. Feminisms in Brazil: Voicing and Channelling Women’s Diverse Demands - Cecilia M. B. Sardenberg and Ana Alice Alcantara Costa
3. The South African Revolution: Protracted or Postponed? - Gertrude Fester
4. Voicing Autonomy through Citizenship: The Regional Nationality Campaign and Morocco - Alexandra Pittman and Rabéa Naciri
5. Motivated by Dictatorship, Muted by Democracy: Articulating Women’s Rights in Pakistan - Afiya Shehrbano Zia
6. Feminist Voices and the Regulation, Islamization and Quango-ization of Women’s Activism in Mubarak’s Egypt–Mariz Tadros
7. The Many Faces of Feminism: Palestinian Women’s Movements Finding a Voice - Elieen Kuttab
About the Authors
Sohela Nazneen is a professor of international relations at University of Dhaka and a lead researcher at the BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University, Bangladesh. She is currently leading research on gender and political settlement in selected South Asian and sub-Saharan African countries for the Effective States and Inclusive Development RPC, based at the University of Manchester. Sohela has published many articles and book chapters in her subject areas.
Maheen Sultan is one of the founders of the Centre for Gender and Social Transformation at the BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University, a regional centre on research, teaching and policy related to gender and social transformation. She is a development practitioner with over 25 years’ experience working for NGOs, donors, the UN, Grameen Bank and the Bangladeshi government in a range of capacities, from direct programme management to policy formulation. She co-edited Mapping Women’s Empowerment: Experiences from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (2009).