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    Women's Empowerment: What Works and Why?

    Revisiting foundational feminist work on the concept of empowerment from the 1980s and 1990s, this paper draws on the findings of a multi-country research programme, ‘Pathways of Women’s Empowerment’, to explore pathways of positive change in women’s lives, in diverse contexts, and to draw together some lessons for policy and practice. It begins with an account of women’s empowerment in development, tracing some key ideas that have shaped feminist engagement with empowerment in theory and practice. It then introduces the Pathways programme and its methodological approach, before turning to each of Pathways’ themes, exploring key findings from our research and highlighting examples of ‘what works’. It goes on to narrate a series of stories of change that illustrate some of the dynamics and dimensions of change identified in our key conclusions. …

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    Women's Rights Organisations And Funding Regimes In Ghana

    The goal of this research project was to understand the experiences and contexts of women‘s rights and feminist movements in Ghana, how different kinds of resources have shaped their mobilizing strategies, and how changing aid modalities are affecting women rights work. The report covers background, context, donor relations, organization profiles, contexts and impacts of the WROs before donor assistance, and analysis. The key findings of the study are that securing adequate resources for women‘s rights work in Ghana remains a great challenge. WROs are compelled to enter into partnerships with organisations whose gender agendas are unclear and who may not share in their feminist politics. …

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    Women's Voices, Work And Bodily Integrity In Pre-Conflict, Conflict And Post-Conflict Reconstruction Processes In Sierra Leone (Report)

    A summary of the changes that have taken place in Sierra Leonean women’s lives in the last 20 years in the three thematic research areas of voice and participation, work and access to resources, and bodily integrity entails a situation analysis of women’s pre-conflict, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction activities in these fields. This is because the primary defining feature of the period 1986-2006 is the civil war years of 1991-2002. Armed conflicts, whether inter or intra state, leave behind not only human carnage, massive destruction of physical and socio-economic infrastructure (the Sierra Leone civil war was no exception to this reality), but also at the political level a weak and collapsed state. At the socio-cultural level, war also destroys the patriarchal structures of society like morals, traditions, customs and community, that confine and degrade women and opens up and creates new beginnings. …

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    Women Treading the Corridors of Corporate Power

    Globalisation is transforming the lives of women workers. Civil society campaigns over workers' rights in global production have begun to open up global spaces for women's organisations. Examples can now be found where women's concerns have been given some voice in mainstream commercial corridors of power. This paper examines this process. …

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    Women Watching TV Research Report

    The research on Media and Women has sought to explore how women in urban and peri‐urban areas in Bangladesh engage with television and attach meaning to images and representations. The research explored the politics of viewing rather than politics of representation; to take that which for long been objectified and turn it into subject. The report outlines the dominant narratives seen by women on television in Bangladesh and describes how women negotiate with other members to watch their preferred programmes on television. The processes of reception and interpretation of women in relation to media narratives has been explored to reveal how television is creating avenues for negotiation and participation, opening up new spaces for women. …

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    Women Watching TV: Surfing Between Fantasy And Reality (Report)

    Television in Bangladesh has captured imaginations across economic, socio-cultural and political boundaries. The paper, presented to 'Pathways: What are we Learning?' Analysis Conference, Cairo, 20-24 January 2009, outlines how women in urban areas engage with television and attach meaning to images and representations that may or may not have been addressed to them. The authors’ aim is to trace how the producers of media envision their desired subjects and the multiple ways in which women receive these images and narratives - at times drawing parallels with their own lives, at other times rejecting their messages, and still often being captivated by illusory worlds that have little resemblance to their own. It is this crossing between reality and fantasy that the television offers that the paper will seek to elaborate. …

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    Women Writing The Nation. Cultural History Of Bengali Muslim Women: Part I (1890-1939)

    This presentation to the Pathways South Asia Hub Final Conference held in Dhaka from 26-28 July 2011 outlines research which, in the light of a seemingly contentious relationship between state, religion and modernity in Bangladesh attempts to understand the historical antecedents of tensions in the modern Bengali Muslim woman and how she negotiates religion. The historical research begins from the early twentieth century to trace the formation of the idea of a Bengali nation to its source. Its focus is through literature and journals which expressed the thoughts and desires of Bengalis, and became the site where language, nationhood and the place of woman in the nation were debated. …