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The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge
Vandana Shiva
This intelligently argued book exposes the "new colonies" in the North’s assault on the South’s biological resources: the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants and animals. Shiva argues that agreements such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) are based on Eurocentric notions of property and piracy, and work to enable Northern capital to appropriate biodiversity from its original owners. It does this by defining as "nonscience" the seeds, medicinal plants, and indigenous knowledge of the South, and by insisting on genetic engineering as the only yardstick of improvement. With specific consideration of gene-patenting, genetic engineering and biotechnology, and their profoundly disturbing consequences for women, the Third World and the environment, Biopiracy is essential reading for anyone concerned with feminism, the environment, technology and imperialism.
South End Press, 1997. paper; 148 pages. ISBN 0-89608-555-4. US$13.00
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Perspectivas nacionales e internacionales
Rebecca J. Cook (Ed.)
A translation of the well-respected The Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives (with 3 additional chapters by Latin American legal scholars), this volume combines reports and case studies with scholarly assessments of international human rights law and its equitable application to women in different cultures and traditions. It addresses international human rights law; feminist studies; family law; political science; Third World Studies; jurisprudence; and philosophy.
Profamilia, 1997. paper; 602 pages. ISBN 958-96004-0-9. US$15.00
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Karen J. Warren (Ed.)
This book explores the real-life, experiential concerns that have motivated ecofeminism as a grassroots, women-initiated movement around the globe. It presents the works of scholars in a range of academic disciplines and vocational fields -- including anthropology, biology, chemical engineering, education, environmental studies, philosophy and literature -- which critically examine the application and appropriateness of ecofeminism to their research and to the people whose lives are touched by it. Together, the essays provide a balanced cross-cultural lens through which to begin to critically assess ecofeminism as a political movement and theoretical position.
Indiana University Press, 1997. paper; 454 pages. ISBN 0-253-21057-7. US$24.95
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A Tool for Change
Birgitta Hedman, Francesca Perucci and Pehr Sundström
Engendering Statistics is a welcome addition to the effort to have statistics reflect the realities of women’s and men’s contributions to society and their different access to and needs for resources. It presents the fundamentals of the new field of Gender Statistics; reviews gender issues, especially those pertaining to development and policies; discusses relevant statistics and how to identify and work with gender statistics; reviews data availability and quality; and discusses its analysis and presentation. Including a 5-day training workshop on the production and dissemination of gender statistics, this book will be invaluable to those in national statistical offices and departments, to scholars interested in correcting gender bias in statistics, and to trainers as a resource manual.
Statistics Sweden, 1996. paper; 144 pages. ISBN 91-618-0859-8. US$33.00
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An Economic Analysis of South Asia
Bina Agarwal
This monograph on the links between gender inequities and command over property focuses on rural South Asia, where any significant improvement in women’s economic and social situation is crucially tied to their having independent land rights. But despite progressive legislation, few South Asian women own land; few ever effectively control any. Gender and Command Over Property describes a complex range of factors -- social, administrative and ideological -- that underlie the persistent gap between women’s legal rights and their actual ownership of land, and between ownership and control. It also discusses the necessity of collective action to overcome these obstacles, and aspects needing a specific focus for policy and action.
Kali for Women, 1994. paper; 51 pages. ISBN 81-85107-31-9. US$6.00
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Catherine V. Scott
This study applies a feminist critical reading to develop modernisation and development theory further, including: conceptualisation of tradition and gender in modernisation theory; the nature and role of the state in Africa; modernisation theory in practice at the World Bank; Marxism, masculinity and dependency theory; and challenges to dependency in the context of Southern Africa. It is important reading for advanced students and scholars of development and Third World Studies.
Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1996. paper; 149 pages. ISBN 1-55587-664-1. US$16.95
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Concepts and Tools for Development
This handbook discusses how gender analysis can be used to improve gender equity in development projects, programmes, and institutions. It examines conceptual issues on gender and development; gender training as a basic component of equitable development; implementation of gender-focused development; and the agendas at the UN world conferences on population (Cairo 1996) and on women (Beijing 1995) that pertain to gender equity. Includes glossary; summary of the Beijing Platform for Action.
Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), 1996. paper; 43 pages. US$10.00
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Caroline Sweetman (Ed.)
New from Oxfam’s Focus on Gender series, this book draws together the experiences of organisations working to promote women’s full participation in the development process. Topics range from feminist perspectives on organisational change and the formulation of a more gender-sensitive Human Development Index to UNIFEM’s work with women entrepreneurs in Lebanon. It presents case-studies on the implementation of gender policies in several organisations: ACORD, a consortium of NGOs working on poverty alleviation in Africa; the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network; and the Association for Rural Advancement in South Africa. Contributors include Anne Marie Goetz, Aruna Rao and Rieky Stuart, Randa Husseini, and Hope Chigudu.
Oxfam, 1997. paper; 72 pages. ISBN 0-85598-365-5. US$12.95
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Women's Rights are Human Rights
Elizabeth Fisher and Linda Gray MacKay
Gender Justice distills the Beijing Platform into accessible, easy-to-use material designed to educate and inspire action to engage women and men in the global struggle for women’s rights and "bring Beijing home." This comprehensive training manual is structured as a six-session two-hour workshop series, addressing key areas based on the Platform’s Critical Areas of Concern: gender, human rights and global organising; women’s human rights; health, sexuality and reproductive rights; value of work and economic issues; access to education, media and communications; environmental sustainability; and developing local plans for action on women’s human rights. Each topic is introduced by flip charts, video clips, role plays and readings, with a background section and resource list for every workshop.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 1997. paper; 331 pages. US$15.00
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A Guide to Grant Writing
Ayelet Illany and Aliza Mazor
Developed by a fund in Israel and targeted mainly at foundations in the US, this easy-to-use manual guides non-profit organisations through the whole process of fund-raising. It reviews the basic issues and discusses each stage: planning; identifying funding sources; formatting and developing the proposal; types of correspondence with donor agencies; following-up and record-keeping. Written at a very basic level, and interspersed throughout with examples, charts and figures (including sample budgets) which can be adapted for almost any proposal, this volume is invaluable for the development of essential fundraising skills in registered non-profit organisations.
Shatil, 1996. paper; 81 pages. US$15.00
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Susan Johnson and Ben Rogaly
The potential of savings, credit and other financial services to support the livelihoods of poor people, especially women and other microentrepreneurs, is increasingly being recognised. Microfinance and Poverty Reduction points out that while microfinance interventions can raise incomes and change social relations for the better, they do not always do so. It introduces and overviews the current debates on microfinance; explores the rich variety of informal financial services used by the poor; emphasises the importance of the local context in deciding whether and how to intervene; discusses the design of a microfinance scheme; examines ways to sustain the provision of financial services in the long term; and reviews difficulties in and ways of assessing impact. Includes case-studies.
Oxfam Publications, 1997. paper; 134 pages. ISBN 0-85598-369-8. US$14.95
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This unique Training Module examines issues in gender and natural resources, and explains how extension workers, trainers and policy-makers in government, institutions and NGOs can make use of women’s knowledge for effective resource management. The resources from the Module distributed by Women, Ink. include (i) the Overview and (ii) four regional manuals. A video, "Women of the Rainforest" can be ordered directly from: Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom.

The Overview provides a concise review of women and natural resource management; discusses the linkages between gender and environmental management; and provides analytical tools to improve the ability of policy makers to evaluate the implications of these linkages. Addressing a variety of backgrounds and user needs, its sections -- worksheets, matrices and case-study summaries -- can be used as ‘stand alone’ pieces for training sessions or combined with other sections. This manual should ideally be used in conjunction with one of the region manuals. (See below).
Commonwealth Secretariat, 1996. paper; 68 pages. ISBN 0850-92-489-8. US$8.95

Each manual reviews the problems of environmental degradation in the region, and discusses appropriate approaches for working with rural women in conservation and agricultural development activities. It provides guidelines on communication, learning and analysis techniques for use in investigating local natural resource issues with rural women; presents case-studies of local-level organisations for conservation; and describes selected field techniques for conservation, including soil and water conservation, organic farming, agroforestry and conservation of indigenous living natural resources. Extensive examples; photographs and illustrations; training activities; figures and vignettes.

  • A Manual for the Africa region
    Commonwealth Secretariat, 1992. paper; 176 pages. ISBN 0-85092-465-0. US$10.95
  • A Manual for the Asia Region
    Commonwealth Secretariat, 1996. paper; 144 pages. ISBN 0-85092-481-2. US$10.95
  • A Manual for the South Pacific region
    Commonwealth Secretariat, 1996. paper; 141 pages. ISBN 0-85092-464-2. US$10.95
  • A Manual for the Caribbean region
    Commonwealth Secretariat, 1996. paper; 116 pages. ISBN 0-85092-486-3. US$10.95

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A Global Mandate
Reed Boland and Anika Rahman
In analysing the international advances in promoting reproductive rights, this report focuses on recognition of these rights at the major UN conferences of the 1990s: declaration of women's rights as human rights; endorsement of the right to reproductive decision-making; affirmation of the right of access to reproductive health services; and condemnation of violence against women. Promoting Reproductive Rights also emphasises that the move has to be made from rhetoric to real improvements, and that resources must be allocated for implementation.
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, 1997. paper; 48 pages. US$10.00
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A Training Manual for Extension Workers
This comprehensive training manual was developed through two years of ILO projects in Tanzania and Zimbabwe to assist extension staff working with women’s enterprises. Rural Women in Micro-enterprise Development contains guidelines and materials for the workshops (3-5 days each) that were supplemented with fieldwork ("Back Home Action Plans") to provide practical skills and tools in each phase of microenterprise development and management, including: environmental scanning, group dynamics, planning and management; marketing management; financial management; and feasibility studies. With illustrations, charts and activities, this is an excellent resource for the training of trainers, and can be adapted to different socio-cultural contexts.
International Labour Office, 1996. binder; 367 pages. US$54.00
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Pamela Brooke
This training manual focuses on planning and conducting effective two-way communication through a process of community self-diagnosis, mobilisation and action. It describes how to use traditional media for participatory gender communication: conducting research at the village level; identifying issues and themes; planning the presentation; developing story dramas and skits, music, songs and dance; developing slogans and pictures; and involving the audience. With detailed description of purpose, participants, materials and activities, this manual can be used to help families and communities use traditional media for stimulating reflective dialogue on gender issues and preventing conflict. Photographs; vignettes.
PACT Publications, 1996. paper; 68 pages. US$15.00
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Development Drawings and How to Use Them
Petra Röhr-Rouendaal
Where There is No Artist contains more than 500 drawings of women and men, individually and in groups, on a wide range of educational and health issues and problems in an "accessible style, well suited to the requirement of illustrations for development." It describes basic drawing skills and how to adapt the illustrations, without special equipment, to different situations and audiences. With advice on pre-testing materials and on how to make other visual aids such as comic strips and puppets, this material will be extremely useful for NGOs, fieldworkers, teachers and others who wish to produce appropriate illustrations in the community for educational purposes. List of resources.
IT Publications, 1997. paper; 123 pages. ISBN 1-85339-391-6. US$14.95
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This Sourcebook describes the approaches of the World Bank to Participation, highlighting the key themes and common elements of this concept at every stage of the project cycle. It includes personal staff accounts of approaches used in 16 Bank-supported operations worldwide and outlines various steps of participatory planning and decision-making, including how to facilitate input from and active participation by women’s groups. Appendices describe participatory methods and techniques, ranging from Appreciation-Influence-Control to Participatory Rural Appraisal and Gender Analysis, with summaries of 18 Bank background papers on participation. While primarily written for Bank Task Managers, this manual is also an important reference for those who use participatory approaches in their professional work.
World Bank, 1996. paper; 209 pages. ISBN 0-8213-3558-8. US$15.95
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