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Feminists in Development Organizations: Change From the Margins

by Rosalind Eyben and Laura Turquet Practical Action Publishing
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Every day, in international development organizations feminists make use of strategy, tactics, wisdom and skill to act for their principles. Most of their strategies are invisible and their tactics subtle. They draw on networks of friendships and relationships that create ripples of effect in enabling their organizations to be pathways of womens empowerment. 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 womens rights. Through a series of case studies written by women in development organizations this book reflects on the progress of gender mainstreaming. It shows how feminists can build effective strategies to influence development organizations. It demonstrates and fosters a creative dialogue between feminists working inside and outside of bureaucracies, to foster greater understanding and forge more effective alliances for social change. This book is aimed at researchers, students, and staff and of development organization who want those organizations to become a tool in transforming the lives of women.

Chapter 1 Introduction. Rosalind Eyben and Laura Turquet Chapter 2 Gender Mainstreaming, Organisational change and the Politics of Influencing Rosalind Eyben Chapter 3: A Femocrat Just Doing my Job: Working within the State to Advance Womens Empowerment in Ghana Takyiwaa Manuh, Nana Akua Anyidoho and Francesca Pobee-Hayford Chapter 4 Feminist Identities Part One of the Craft of Feminist Bureaucrats Rosalind Eyben Chapter 5 Its just a text, who cares about EU discourse on development? Brigitte Holzner Chapter 6 Renovating the masters house Patti ONeill in conversation with Rosalind Eyben Chapter 7 Negotiating the middle ground from inside an NGO Laura Turquet Chapter 8 Finding our Organisational Way: Part Two of the Craft of Feminist Bureaucrats Rosalind Eyben Chapter 9 Napping with the enemy Gender Equality Work in Different Organizational Settings Ines Smyth Chapter 10 Inside the UN bureaucratic machine. What Prospects for UN Women? Joanne Sandler Chapter 11 Intimate knowledge of the material at hand Part Three of the Craft of Feminist Bureaucrats Rosalind Eyben Chapter 12 Unpredictable results can emerge in the United Nations country teams: Aruna Rao Chapter 13 Conclusion Rosalind Eyben and Laura Turquet

Rosalind Eyben is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, studying power and relations in international aid. Laura Turquet currently works in the Research and Data team at UN Women and has worked on gender equality as an advocate and researcher for the past decade.