Bridging Inequalities through Inclusion: Women’s Rights Organisations as the ‘Missing Link’ in Donor Government-Led Participatory Policy Development and Practice

Citation:

Hunt, Abigail, Hannah Bond, and Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng. 2015. “Bridging Inequalities through Inclusion: Women’s Rights Organisations as the ‘Missing Link’ in Donor Government-Led Participatory Policy Development and Practice.” Gender & Development 23 (2): 347–64. 

Authors: Abigai Huntl, Hannah Bond, Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng

Abstract:

This article focuses on women's rights organisations and their role in challenging inequality within the development process. Women in poverty are excluded as a result of their unequal societal position, geographic location, and the predominance of ‘top-down’ and piecemeal policymaking processes carried out by donor governments. We argue that in-country women's rights organisations provide the ‘missing link’ to bridge the disconnect between grassroots, marginalised women and donor decision-makers. This article focuses on the UK government's approach to developing policy and practice aimed at furthering international women's rights, focusing on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Engaging with women's rights organisations not only ensures that donor policy and practice responds fully to the interests and needs of the poorest and most marginalised women in the global South, but renders the decision-making process itself empowering to the women involved.

Keywords: women's rights organisations, policy, participation, women, peace and security, inclusion, decision making

Topics: Development, Economies, Economic Inequality, Gender, Women, Political Participation, Rights, Women's Rights Regions: Europe, Northern Europe Countries: United Kingdom

Year: 2015

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