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Women and New LabourEngendering politics and policy?$
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Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains, and Kirstein Rummery

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348289

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.001.0001

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The gender dimensions of New Labour’s international development policy

The gender dimensions of New Labour’s international development policy

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(p.210) (p.211) Eleven The gender dimensions of New Labour’s international development policy
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Women and New Labour
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Elias Juanita

Ferguson Lucy

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.003.0011

This chapter explores the gender dimensions of New Labour's international-development work and some of the internal and external limitations of these policies. It first examines the context for reform – the background to the policies of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the area of international development. The chapter then investigates how this reform agenda was set out by the Department for International Development (DfID) through an examination of the 2000 Target Strategy Paper Poverty Elimination and the Empowerment of Women: Strategies for Achieving the International Development Targets. It then concentrates on how these policies have been severely constrained by both internal and external factors. The chapter also evaluates the success of these policies. The consequences of the failure to prioritise gender-equality issues within DfID have had wider implications for UK international-development policies.

Keywords:   DfID, New Labour, gender equality, gender mainstreaming, international-development policies

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