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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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A women’s NGO as an incubator: promoting identity-based associations in Nepalese civil society

A women’s NGO as an incubator: promoting identity-based associations in Nepalese civil society

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(p.185) Nine A women’s NGO as an incubator: promoting identity-based associations in Nepalese civil society
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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations
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Masako Tanaka

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.003.0009

This chapter presents a case study of the unique role played by a women’s NGO in actively supporting agency, self-representation, and alliance building among marginalised women. The case study focuses on the NGO’s role as an incubator in promoting identity-based associations (IBAs) that represent and assert the rights of particular groups of marginalised and/or stigmatized women such as trafficking survivors and women working in the entertainment sector, e.g. dance bars, duet restaurants and massage parlours. The presented case demonstrates that IBAs can be empowered to address their own issues as long as NGOs and other supportive parties provide adequate input for provisional capacity building. Finally, the article underscores challenges to and prerequisites for enabling other NGOs to play such a role, to serve as a resource for other civil society organisations.

Keywords:   women, identity-based associations, human trafficking, civil society organisations, NGO

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