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Year: 2008 Type: Article Language: English

The paper examines the challenge of feminist engagement in the South today. The analysis proceeds from the position that feminist engagement has registered multiple successes with a major break through in the ways in which it has made considerable dents into dominant development discourses. However, I argue, that this very success has created inherent vulnerabilities, with success appearing as a double edged sword whose disintegrative effects are much fiercer and much more anchored, in terms of power regimes. By trying to have a command into the development arena feminism had to reshape itself – even at the basic level of being understood. The efforts to make the gender question understood to bureaucrats and development actors at the international and national levels simultaneously engendered a different uptake on the complexity of gender relations and this is what I look at vulnerability, more or less, as success gone wrong.