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By Gender at Work Media / October 16, 2014 / Loading Disqus...

Feminists in Development Organizations: Change from the margins
Edited by Rosalind Eyben and Laura Turquet

The book launch is on 20 October, 2014 | 2 - 3 pm | George Washington University | Marvin Center, Room 403, 800, 21st St NW

Feminist Bureaucrats - Contradiction, Co-optation or Political Strategy?
You are warmly invited to participate in debating this question with a panel of speakers to launch the book. Join us to discuss the hidden lives and strategic dilemmas of feminists working in bureaucracies to effect transformational change. Buy the book here.

Panelists: Editors / Contributors Professor Rosalind Eyben, University of Sussex; Laura Turquet, UN Women; and Aruna Rao, Gender at Work
Lucia Hanmer, World Bank
Mohini Malhotra
Chaired by Dr Mary Ellsberg, Director, Global Women's Institute

RSVP: laura.turquet@unwomen.org

More about the book from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) website:

Feminists in Development Organizations arises from a collaborative project between 2007 and 2012 in which a group of feminists working inside the head offices of multilateral organizations, government aid agencies and international non-governmental organizations came together to critically reflect on their work.

The personal stories in this book show that these feminists are ‘tempered radicals’ positioned on the border of the development agencies that employ them. It is a place where they are neither fully one thing nor another: neither fully paid-up, pen-pushing bureaucrats, nor full-blown feminist activists on the barricades. Nevertheless, feminist bureaucrats see their work as urgent, essential and a necessary contribution to global efforts to achieve women’s rights.

This book reflects on the progress of gender mainstreaming. It shows how feminists can build effective strategies to influence development organizations to foster greater understanding and forge more effective alliances for social change. This book is aimed at staff of development organizations - who want their organizations to become an instrument in helping transforming the lives of women – and at students and researchers concerned with the politics of gender mainstreaming.


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