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Year: 2014 Type: Book Chapter Language: English

This chapter explores the strategies and choices of feminists in organising voice and mobilising support in a post-authoritarian Bangladesh. It provides an analytical narrative of how three national level feminist organisations strengthen their voice by: a) packaging their demands strategically to appeal to different actors; b) building coalitions and networks with other civil society actors, c) using personal networks to access politicians and state actors, d) creating transnational links to exert pressure on the state.

The analysis shows that feminist organisations have used these strategies based on a clear assessment of existing opportunities within the national context, the political costs and trade-offs in employing them. The chapter argues that although these strategies entailed making compromises in the short-run, they enhanced the legitimacy of feminist voice in Bangladesh in the long run.  

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