How can the local, grassroots successes of feminist organisations be sustained and transformed as women enter the larger institutional arena and succeed in accessing governments and non-governmental organisations? How can feminists deal with the many historical, organizational, ethical, conceptual, strategic and practical issues facing them today? What are the forces arrayed against them? The contributors all have direct practical experience of women's activism and a shared understanding of the autonomous women's movement as the source of feminist theory, power and vision. With clear- eyed realism and passionate optimism they reveal a vibrant trans-national feminist community in struggle. They describe how it is redefining wealth, work, peace, democracy, sexuality, family, human rights, development, community, and citizenship, and dealing with issues in ways which both honour local specifities and enrich global movements.
Table of Contents
Preface - Marilyn Porter; Introduction - Luciana Ricciutelli, Angela Miles, Margaret McFadden; 1. Context - Vandana Shiva, Arlie Hothschild; 2. Feminist Organizing/Global Contexts - Jindy Pettman, Devaki Jain, Charlotte Bunch, Brooke A. Ackerly, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Nighat Said Khan; 3. Local and National Movements/Global Impacts - Bina D'Costa, Terisa E. Turner and Leigh S. Brownhill, Rekha Pande, Annelise Orleck; 4.Political Activism and State Policy - Lenore Lyons, Sylvia Tamale, Jeanne Bisilliat, R. Amy Elman; 5. Challenges in Practice and Vision - Sally Roesch Wagner, Patricia McFadden, Sonia E. Alvarez, Bonnie J. Morris, Line Nyhagen Predelli, Choe Haejoang; Conclusion - Alda Facio
Luciana Ricciutelli is editor-in-chief of Inanna Publications and Education at York University, Toronto. Professor Angela Miles is at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Professor Margaret McFadden is at Emory University. The contributors are leading feminists from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe and Scandinavia.