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    Reclaiming Feminism: Gender and Neoliberalism. IDS Bulletin 39.6

    This bulletin arises from a conference of the same title that was held at the Institute of Development Studies in July 2007 in collaboration with Birkbeck College. It sets out to provoke reflection on the now ubiquitous notions of 'empowerment' and 'agency' within neoliberal development discourses on gender. It also seeks to raise broader questions about the politics and political economy of Gender and Development. …

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    Sexuality and Development. Development 52.1

    This special issue of 'Development' originates from a workshop held at the Institute of Development Studies in 2008. It seeks to explore the linkages between sexuality and the development industry and to uncover the impacts of development on sexuality and how to move towards a more constructive engagement. …

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    Sexuality Matters. IDS Bulletin 37.5

    This bulletin addresses a theme that mainstream development has persisently neglected: sexuality. Drawing on a workshop held at the Institute of Development Studies in 2005, it seeks to show why sexuality matters. It features papers from the workshop which provide diverse accounts of sexual rights conceptions, mobilisation, and new approaches to implementation. …

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    Talking Empowerment in Plain Arabic

    This project aimed to create the opportunity for Arabic speakers to set an agenda of priorities in a language that they can use to communicate and give a wider currency to their ideas. If, as has been often noted, women’s empowerment is a cause without a following and a message without an audience, then there is an obvious need to talk and tackle women’s empowerment and develop the coherence and capacity to do so in Arabic. The conflation between Arabic and Islam has focused researchers on religion as the equivalent of language. This project ran a series of workshops held in plain Arabic to discuss the agendas of women’s empowerment and the flows that influence, set, shape, critique and communicate them. …

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    Unmarried in Palestine: Dynamics and Discourses of Choice, Embodiment, Responsibility, Power and Survival in the Lives of Single Palestinian Women

    Using topical life stories, focus groups, data and discourse analysis, this project explored the experiential diversity and thematic commonalities in the lives of Palestinian unmarried women, in the context of a society experiencing prolonged warlike conditions, political crisis, and social disruption. In particular, the researchers examined the dynamics of choice, embodiment, responsibility, and survival, as well as attempted to identify structural, social, political and economic factors shaping Palestine’s rather unique pattern of early, but not universal marriage, with a relatively high proportion of never-married women (but not men) over time. …

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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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    Congratulations to Professor Takyiwaa Manuh

    Pathways of Women's Empowerment warmly congratulate Professor Takyiwaa Manuh on her very well deserved award of an honorary doctorate in law at the University of Sussex summer graduation ceremony on 14 July. Takyiwaa has a long history of links to Sussex and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and from 2006 was the West Africa Hub Convenor for Pathways. She is now Director of the Social Development Policy Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa.  …

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    Feminist Pedagogy

    Dr Aisha Fofana Ibrahim from the University of Sierra Leone attended the Feminist Pedagogy Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York on 12 October 2007. She presented a paper entitled ‘Decentering a “Traditional” Classroom through War-Talk and/or Trauma’. Here is her report from the conference: …

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    Pathways Learning Platform

    Pathways are pleased to announce the development of a new learning resource being launched on International Women's Day to celebrate the theme of inspiring change. …

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    Pornography, Pleasure, Gender and Sex Education in Bangladesh

    Pornography, Pleasure, Gender and Sex Education, a study by Sabina Faiz Rashid and Owasim Akram reveals how local ideas of sex and sexuality in Dhaka, Bangladesh are gradually being transformed; how emerging urban spaces in the city are serving as alternative sites of communication, knowledge and information on sex; and how men’s sexual expectations and realities are shaped by larger social, political and economic structures. …

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    Women’s Economic Empowerment offers a Win-Win Scenario

    Naila Kabeer’s blog for The Guardian argues that not only does gender equality lead to higher economic growth, it is key to ensuring a fairer world for both men and women.  …

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    Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure

    Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure is the latest in the Pathways' Feminisms and Development series from Zed Books. This pioneering collection, edited by Andrea Cornwall, Susie Jolly and Kate Hawkins explores the ways in which positive, pleasure-focused approaches to sexuality can empower women. …