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Year: 2013 Type: Book Chapter Language: English

Meeting at a weekend-long retreat, the five women discuss what 'success' is for a feminist bureaucrat, and the challenges of gender mainstreaming. They agree on the importance of analysing and understanding the organisations they work for, and of finding opportunities to influence by 'working with the grain'.

However, this carries its own risk - of becoming over-institutionalised and no longer being able to see where change is possible. This is a continuation of a series of fictionalised conversations begun in Chapter 4 of the book, in which the author is a participant observer.

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