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ENGAGING WITH EMPOWERMENT: AN INTELLECTUAL AND EXPERIENTIAL JOURNEY
Srilatha Batliwala

Rs 575 Pb 2013
978-81-88965-78-6
(All rights available)
In this fascinating collection of writings, Srilatha Batliwala, feminist thinker and practitioner, explores the many dimensions of what empowerment means for, and to, women. Looking back on a life lived through commitment to a cause—rather than to an organisation or to a sector—and working for it at many levels and locations, she traces the evolution of the concept from the late 1980s till now, unravelling its ambiguities, highlighting insights gained through practice, and analysing how, and why, it has been depoliticised and reduced by the state and aid agencies.

Along the way, Batliwala traverses key sectors, including education for women, politics outside political systems, grassroots movements, energy for sustainable development and a controversial questioning of a rights-based approach to women's equality.

  SRILATHA BATLIWALA
is currently Scholar Associate with the Association for Women's rights in Development (AWID).She has worked for gender equality and gender empowerment for over 40 years through grassroots activism, advocacy, research, training and building theory from practice. She has written extensively on women's empowerment, transnational civil society, women's movements and feminist leadership.
 
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