A RISING PUBLIC VOICE
Women in Politics Worldwide
Alida Brill (Ed.)
This book recounts, through essays, profiles, and interviews, the experiences of women politicians from over two dozen countries with respect to politics and lawmaking; their agendas and political styles relative to those of men; their management of family and national responsibilities; and the intense public scrutiny of their personal lives.
The Feminist Press, 1995. paper; 284 pp. ISBN 1-55861-111-8 US$17.95
ASSERTIONS OF SELF
The Nascent Women's Movement in Central Asia
Assertions of Self is a fascinating -- and rare -- report on women in the newly independent states of the former USSR. It looks at the problems they face across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), be it in the more European lifestyles of the Baltic States or the essentially feudal ones of Central Asia. The essays address concerns central to women's groups in the CIS such as rights of women workers, ecology and related health issues, status within the family, and violence against women.
Given the absence of a prior tradition of independent academic research, data or experience in gender analysis in this region, this volume represents a particularly useful resource for all those interested in women's movements in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Shirkat Gah/Women Living Under Muslim Laws, 1995. paper; 44 pp. US$12.00
GENDER IN THIRD WORLD POLITICS
This book is a gendered analysis of Third World politics that examines both "high politics" and political activity at the grassroots level, as well as the impact of state policy on different groups of women. Waylen first discusses the major theoretical questions involved in the study of gender in Third World Politics. She then discusses the topic in the context of colonialism, revolution authoritarianism, and democratisation, richly illustrating her discussion with a broad range of examples. The book offers an excellent introduction that combines theoretical perspectives and substantive themes in a clear and convincing synthesis. Engaging and original, the book is ideal for use in courses on women and politics, women's studies, and gender and development courses.
Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1995. paper, 163 pp. ISBN 1-55587-633-1 US$18.95
GENDER AND POLITICAL ECONOMY
Explorations of South Asian Systems
Alice W. Clark (Ed.)
This volume examines the particularities, traditions, and historical roots of South Asian systems that contribute to the inequitable burdens shouldered by women. It focuses on production and reproduction in regional economies, analyses the complex interrelationships of class, gender and economic forces, and discusses economic and political organising by women in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Oxford University Press, 1995. paper; 375 pp. ISBN 0-19-563-461-6 US$11.95
THE HISTORY OF DOING
The Women's Movement in India
This book traces the development of the women's movement in India from the nineteenth century to the present. Kumar portrays the diversity of the movement and raises key questions about present-day feminism in India: its directions; its difference from Western movements; and the relationship of women's organisations to political parties, especially those on the left.
Verso, 1993. paper; 220 pp. ISBN 0-86091-665-0 US$19.95
Women's Movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
Saskia Wieringa (Ed.)
This lively anthology of feminist writings analyses women's history as subversion and demonstrates the complexity and diversity of women's movements and organisations in the South. It shows how women empower themselves and confront existing power structures through rebellion, unions, popular theatre, and poetry.
Zed Books, 1996. paper; 256 pp. ISBN 1-85649-318-0 US$22.50
SEE ALSO: Women and Right Wing Movements (Category: Culture).
WHERE WOMEN ARE LEADERS
The SEWA Movement in India
This narrative history of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) -- the 40,000 strong union of India's poorest women -- offers inspiration for a new development model relevant to low-income women worldwide. It tracks SEWA's work from its initial organising to its current national and international influence on employment and resource policy.
Zed Books, 1993. paper; 288 pp. ISBN 1-85649-084-X US$19.95
SEE ALSO: Women and Right-Wing Movements (Category: Culture).
WOMEN AND EMPOWERMENT
Participation and Decision-Making
Women and Empowerment examines women's increasing participation in political, social and economic life. It describes challenges and strategies, and the mobilisation of women in and around the United Nations, with a focus on women's organising at the various UN World Conferences. Includes: the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); a list of organisations; bibliography.
Zed Books, 1995. paper; 173 pp. ISBN 1-85649-192-7 US$17.50
WOMEN AND POLITICS IN THE THIRD WORLD
Haleh Afshar (Ed.)
Women and Politics in the Third World presents an innovative feminist analytical perspective on the specific forms of resistance, organisation, and negotiation used by women in Third World states. Case studies -- of fundamentalism in Iran, media concerns in China, political resistance in Latin America, and women's activism in Palestine -- are used to focus on difference as a theoretical basis for investigating women's political activism. The contributors show that choices made by non-western women regarding motherhood, marriage, religious devotion, and domesticity, often attributed to weakness by Western analyses, are actually used by women to seek resources, welfare, or freedom from oppression for their children.
Routledge, 1996. paper; 210 pp. ISBN 0-415-13861-2 US$17.95
WOMEN AND POLITICS WORLDWIDE
Barbara J. Nelson and Najma Chowdhury (Eds.)
This accessible, well-organised book charts the political history, institutions, and women's movements in 43 countries, and analyses women's political demands and governments' responses to them. Descriptions of the methodologies used and detailed explanations of the patterns emerging from the study enhance the value of this book as a reference resource.
Yale University Press, 1994. paper; 818 pp. ISBN 0-300-05408-4 US$27.50
WOMEN, GENDER AND WORLD POLITICS
Perspectives, Policies, Prospects
Peter R. Beckman & Francine D'Amico (Eds.)
This book presents profiles and personal accounts from national leaders around the world. With essays on the "glass ceiling" at the UN, the role of women in the Green Movement, revolutionary women in Central America and American attitudes about gender and leadership, it is an excellent introductory text for students in women's studies, comparative politics and international relations.
Bergen and Garvey, 1994. paper; 250 pp. ISBN 0-89789-306-9 US$19.95
WOMEN IN WORLD POLITICS
Francine D'Amico & Peter R. Beckman (Eds.)
Including contributions from diplomats, scholars, and political activists, Women in World Politics uses gender analysis as an alternative perspective for understanding world politics. It reviews and critiques Western feminist, Third World feminist, pluralist and critical perspectives on world politics; examines women's issues and the UN; the cold war; international violence; and discusses avenues for creating change.
Bergen and Garvey, 1995. paper; 230 pp.ISBN 0-89789-411-1 US$19.95
Series: Reflecting on Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The three books in this new series describe the efforts of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to support the political empowerment of women in Latin America and the Caribbean, enabling them to participate in decisions that affect not only their own lives but also society at large.
BUILDING DEMOCRACY WITH WOMEN
Ana Maria Brasileiro (Ed.)
The women's movement has been a vital component in the evolution of democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last two decades. Women have demanded the right to participate within existing structures of democracy, and to expand the very concept of democracy so that it embraces women's rights. The articles in Building Democracy with Women offer practical examples of gender-sensitive ways in which women have organised to integrate development and democracy and to elaborate the concepts of rights and citizenship. These projects range from seed money to capacity-building, from work with parliamentarians and gender-sensitisation of judges and lawyers to empowering women to participate in the national planning process.
UNIFEM, 1996. paper; 81 pp. ISBN 0-912917-39-3 US$7.95
GENDER AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Ana Maria Brasileiro (Ed.)
The concept of sustainable development owes its power to the energetic and effective alliance between women's organisations and environmental activists. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, women have organised to integrate the concept of gender-sensitive sustainable development into all development planning and projects. The practical examples described in this book range from seed money to capacity-building, from single conferences to multi-project programmes.
UNIFEM, 1997. paper; 79 pages. US$7.95
WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING WORLD
Ana Maria Brasileiro (Ed.)
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the recognition of the differential nature, power, and potential of women's leadership has emerged simultaneously with the increasing inability of governments to meet the basic needs of their citizens and the growing demands of women to participate in the public arena.
The articles in this book offer practical examples of how women are organising to meet this challenge: working to help new grassroots leaders empower themselves in their communities; to develop new leadership skills through increased opportunities in business and other sectors; and to restructure and refinance their own organisations to be sustainable without sacrificing the non-hierarchical principles derived from feminism.
UNIFEM, 1996. paper; 76 pp.ISBN 0-912917-40-7 US$7.95
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