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    Women, Sexuality and The Political Power of Pleasure

    This book explores the ways in which positive, pleasure-focused approaches to sexuality can empower women. Gender and development has tended to engage with sexuality only in relation to violence and ill-health. Although this has been hugely important in challenging violence against women, over-emphasising these negative aspects has dovetailed with conservative ideologies that associate women’s sexualities with danger and fear. On the other hand, the media, the pharmaceutical industry, and pornography more broadly celebrate the pleasures of sex in ways that can be just as oppressive, often implying that only certain types of people - young, heterosexual, able-bodied, HIV-negative - are eligible for sexual pleasure. …

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    Working Women Creating Particular Pathways of Change in Bangladesh

    This research project explored how paid work can change women’s lives in terms of dealing with the public sphere and institutions, accessing services, commodities, resources, information, reducing isolation, increasing negotiation/bargaining skills, ability to protect themselves, etc. The context under which work can be empowering and the kinds of work that change lives was compared through comparisons of similar research undertaken by the West Africa and Middle East Pathways regional hubs in Ghana and Egypt. …

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    American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

    Dr Mulki Al Sharmani from the Middle East Hub attended the 106th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington DC from 28 to 30 November 2007. Her paper was part of a panel entitled ‘Negotiating Conceptions of Family, Intimacy, and Marriage’. The panel was reviewed by the Association for Feminist Anthropology. There were five presentations in the panel. …

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    Family Laws in the Middle East

    The Social Research Center at the American University Cairo recently ran and were involved with hosting two back to back workshops on Family Law. The first one on ‘Reforming Family Laws in the Middle East’ aimed to disseminate the findings of the research that the SRC team has been conducting on the reforms in Egyptian family laws. The second, which ran from 9-11 January 2009, was hosted by The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief on ‘Guidelines for Islamic Family Law: Women’s Equality, Male Guardianship, and Legal Objectives’. …

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    Feminist Activism, Women's Rights, and Legal Reform

    This ground-breaking new collection edited by Mulki Al-Sharmani in the Pathways Zed Feminisms and Development series investigates the relationship between feminist activism and legal reform as a pathway to gender justice and social change. …

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    Launch of the 'Best Practice in the Implementation and Dissemination of the Maria da Penha Law' Award

    Cecilia Sardenberg, national coordinator of the Observatory for the Implementation of the Maria da Penha Law, was in Brasilia on 6th August to attend the launch of the ‘Best Practice in the Implementation and Dissemination of the Maria da Penha Law’ Award. The event, held in the auditorium of the Secretary of Policies for Women (Federal Goverment) is part of the celebrations to mark the third year since the sanctioning of Maria da Penha Law (11.340/06) which punishes domestic and family violence against women. Maria da Penha Fernandes, the woman who gave her name to the law, attended the launch and will take part in the presentations for the first award. …

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    Women's Pathways into Power

    On 19-20 June 2007, NEIM co-hosted an international seminar on ‘Women’s Pathways into Power: International Experiences of Affirmative Action’ at the Brazilian National Congress, in collaboration with AGENDE (Actions in Gender, Citizenship and Development), Casa da Mulher do Nordeste’s Mulher e Democracia (Women and Democracy) project, the network of women representatives in the National Congress, the Commission on Participatory Legislation (CLP), the Commission on Social Security and the Family (CSSF), the Commission on Human and Minority Rights (CDHM) and the Commission on the Constitution, Justice and Citizenship (CCJ) of the Chamber of Deputies. The seminar, which took place within the Chamber of the National Congress, discussed and analysed experiences of the use of affirmative measures to enhance women’s political participation in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Speakers included Julie Ballington of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Rwandan MP Juliana Katengwa, IDS researcher Naila Kabeer and Palestinian women’s rights activist, Suha Barghouti.  …