National discourses on women's empowerment in Bangladesh: enabling or constraining women's choices?

Abstract

Sohela Nazneen, Maheen Sultan and Naomi Hossain explore concepts of empowerment being used by some women's organizations, development NGOs, mass political parties and aid donors in Bangladesh. Focusing primarily on public discourses, they review publicly available documentation of women's organizations, development NGOs, mass political parties and aid donors. They discuss the implications of using empowerment by these different actors and conclude with reflections on new forms of public action and coalitions of interest to advance women's power in Bangladesh.

Citation

Development (2010) 53 (2) 239–246 [doi:10.1057/dev.2010.11]

National discourses on women’s empowerment in Bangladesh: enabling or constraining women’s choices?

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