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Building safe spaces to support young women’s participation in local governance in Indonesia

Barriers to young (especially unmarried) women’s participation in public spaces include the prevailing view that doing so violates social norms, young women’s often low level of education, and family expectations. Many young women have internalised their marginalisation and lack the confidence to participate in community forums.

This practitioner research, carried out by women’s...

The Zimbabwe women's movement 1995-2000

Did Zimbabwean women’s organising constitute a women’s movement during the years 1995 – 2000? In a fascinating account of a significant period of women’s collective organising, Shereen Essof’s response to this question is positive. As a feminist scholar she interrogates the period during which she was a more than full-time woman activist out and about in Zimbabwe. Inspired by the vision of...

Social movements and citizenship in Central America: The women’s movement and the struggle for their rights in Nicaragua

The belligerence with which the women’s movement has defended its rights during the last ten years has made it to stand out as one of the main political actors of the country. Its level of development and articulation permitted the realization of systematic actions of denunciation, demands and mobilization on behalf of women’s rights, in particular, sexual and civil rights all over Nicaragua’s...

Wassan diversification of agricultural practice, India

Beneficiary as agency role of women's agency and the Panchayat in implementing NREGA

The emergence of Kudumbashree (roughly translated as Blessed Family), as a powerful organisation of women from poorer households in Kerala, offers a promising modus operandi and modus vivendi to state-initiated schemes for poverty alleviation and social security. It had a modest beginning that over time grew into a significant socio-economic movement. Little wonder that the Kerala Government...

A reflection space for gender and social justice activists

As part of the Civic Explorations theme of its Knowledge Programme, Hivos took the global to the local at the ‘Movements Rethink’ gathering in mid-September, hosting 24 social justice activists from all over the world in Pingjum, a village in the Netherlands’ rural north.

The activists came with distinct experiences, in women’s movements, bloggers, journalism, artists, health...