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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society OrganisationsChallenging or Maintaining the Status Quo?$
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Christina Schwabenland, Chris Lange, Jenny Onyx, and Sachiko Nakagawa

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324775

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.001.0001

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‘Empowerment’ as women’s emancipation? A global analysis of the empowerment paradigm and the influence of feminism in women’s NGOs1

‘Empowerment’ as women’s emancipation? A global analysis of the empowerment paradigm and the influence of feminism in women’s NGOs1

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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations
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Ruth Phillips

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.003.0002

This chapter analyses the ‘empowerment paradigm’ that informs many gender equality policies and programmes. The discussion draws on the findings of a global study inquiring into women’s NGOs; their understanding of empowerment and gender equality and how these inform their work. The chapter explores how concepts of gender equality and empowerment can be seen as emancipatory and how they are understood and applied at a global social policy level. Furthermore, given the intrinsic relationship between women’s emancipation and feminism, the chapter also explores the contemporary role of feminism within women’s NGOs. The data supports a critical analysis of the way that the concept of empowerment has become simultaneously subverted and yet highly influential within gender equality policy and practice.

Keywords:   empowerment paradigm, emancipation, feminism, women, NGOs, gender equality

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