Women's empowerment as a development goal : taking a feminist standpoint

Mosedale, Sarah (2014) Women's empowerment as a development goal : taking a feminist standpoint. Journal of International Development, 26 (8). pp. 1115-1125. ISSN 1099-1328

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Abstract: In this paper, through a case study of a large international non-governmental organisation, I identify a number of contradictions and tensions that arise when development agencies attempt to foster ‘women’s empowerment’. Despite their presentation as apolitical, agencies are inescapably involved in relations of power, and their lack of attention to this is not accidental. In such cases, ‘empowerment’ risks becoming a signifier of righteousness—part of the process of mystification of dominant group interests. The paper discusses how developing a feminist standpoint could help avoid such mystification. However, such a process is one which cannot be prescribed but must be freely chosen.

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Journal of International Development
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?? women's empowerment;international developmentfeminist standpoint theoryfeminismimpact assessmentevaluationdevelopmentgeography, planning and development ??
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