Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781842778500 Published August 2007 For sale in North and South America only
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Building Feminist Movements and Organizations

Global Perspectives

Edited by Lydia Alpízar Durán, Noël D. Payne, and Anahi Russo

Building Feminist Movements and Organizations

Edited by Lydia Alpízar Durán, Noël D. Payne, and Anahi Russo

Distributed for Zed Books

255 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2007
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781842778500 Published August 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $126.95 ISBN: 9781842778494 Published August 2007 For sale in North and South America only
The struggle for the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality globally is impossible without strong women’s organizations and movements to provide leadership and momentum. But what does a strong women’s organization look like? And what does it take to create effective and sustainable women’s movements? This groundbreaking collection of essays by activists from all corners of the globe explores what it means to be an influential women’s organization, and what it takes to build the kinds of movements needed to transform women’s lives. From how to build successful participatory democratic processes and implement shared leadership models, to lessons on overcoming internal organizational divisions, the case studies in this collection focus not only on the ’what’ but also the ’how’ of movement building. Those concerned with how to effect sustainable change will find not only much food for thought, but also an abundance of creative ideas and innovative strategies - served up with a uniquely feminist twist.
1. Introduction - Building feminist movements and organizations: learning from experience / Lydia Alpízar Durán

Part I: Challenging power and revisioning leadership
2. Re-politicization of the women’s movement and feminism in Argentina: the experience of Pan y Rosas / Andrea D’Atri
3. A Jewish Orthodox women’s revolution - the case of Kolech / Margalit Shilo
4. An insight into feminist organizations / Yamini Mishra and Nalini Singh
5. Empowering womanspace: power distribution and dynamics in Christian feminist community / Kelsey Rice and Ann Crews Melton

Part II: Revisiting common organizational practices
6. New democratic exercises in Mexican feminist organizations / Adriana Medina Espino
7. Linking empowerment and democracy: a challenge to women’s groups in Quebec / Nancy Guberman, Jennifer Beeman, Jocelyne Lamoreux, Danielle Fournier and Lise Gervais
8. Gender mainstreaming in development organizations: organizational discourse and the perils of institutional change / Nicholas Piálek
9. Feminists, factions and fictions in rural Canada / Leona M. English

Part III: Building organizational capacity and resources
10. A model for social change: 15 years investing in Mexican women / Emilienne de León, Amanda Mercedes Gigler, Lucero González and Margaret Schellenberg
11. Reflections on strengthening leadership in community based organizations in India / Pramada Menon
12. Virtual Seminar on Gender and Trade - an innovative process / Verónica Baracat, Phyllida Cox and Norma Sanchis

Part IV: Broadening the base of movements
13. Zimbabwe Women Writers: from inception to 2004 / Mary O. Tandon
14. Amnesty for Women: building mechanisms to integrate and empower migrant women in Hamburg, Germany / Sol Viviana Rojas and Raquel Aviles Caminero
15. The Korean Women’s Trade Union: a foothold for women’s workers rights / Jinock Lee
16. Power in bridges: a Romanian story about spreading feminist values / Camelia Blaga
17. Widening the base of the feminist movement in Pakistan / Shahnaz Iqbal

Part V: Advancing movements’ work in situations of conflict
18. The Women’s Emancipatory Constituent process for peace in Colombia / Yusmidia Solano
19. From individual struggle to national struggle: Palestinian women in the State of Israel / Trees Zbidat-Kosterman
20. Equal representation in a divided society: the feminist experience in Israel / Dalia Sachs and Hannah Safran
21. The valued identity of ’motherhood’ as strategically used by Indonesia’s Suara Ibu Peduli / Monika S.W. Doxey

Part VI: Campaigns as a means to build movements
22. The remobilization of the Algerian women’s movement through the 20 Ans Barakat campaign / Caroline Brac de la Perrière
23. Advocating sexual rights: the campaign for the reform of the Turkish penal code / Liz Ecervik Amado
24. An Inter-American Convention on Sexual Rights and Reproductive Rights: we’re campaigning! / Elizabeth C. Plácido
25. A matter of life or death: campaigning to build support for the defence of women’s rights in Nigeria / Titi Salaam
26. The evolution of discourse: the campaign to change the family law in Morocco / Alexandra Pittman (+ endnote: ’in association with...’)
Editors and contributors
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