From Feminising to Engendering Development


McIlwaine, Cathy, and Kavita Datta. 2003. “From Feminising to Engendering Development.” Gender, Place and Culture 10 (4): 369-82.

Authors: Cathy McIlwaine, Kavita Datta


Feminists have been crucial in challenging the gender-blindness of development discourse & practice. In the process, they have shaped the move from the feminization to the engendering of development over the last three decades. This article explores this broad shift, focusing on the recent transformations within gender & development discourse & feminist approaches to development relating to diversity & representation, human rights, & the incorporation of men & masculinities within the development agenda, all set within the context of a globalizing era. It highlights how women from the South have been critical in reshaping contemporary feminisms to celebrate difference & plurality & challenge Western hegemony. At the same time, feminists have also emphasized the commonalities among women in the name of addressing gender inequalities, evidenced in a recent upsurge in forging transnational alliances facilitated by the contradictory processes of globalization.

Topics: Development, Feminisms, Gender, Women, Men, Masculinity/ies, Femininity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Rights, Human Rights

Year: 2003

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