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Better than the sum of our parts? Reflections on gender mainstreaming in a confederation

Better than the sum of our parts? Reflections on gender mainstreaming in a confederation
12 pages

Wakefield, Shawna

Sweetman, Caroline
Gender & Development Volume 20 Issue 3 Beyond gender mainstreaming

Publication date
07 Nov 2012


Oxfam GB

Journal article

This article looks at some realities and lessons from Oxfam as a confederation of non-government organisations, working together on gender inequality. It looks at how the individual affiliates have gone about strengthening our collective contribution to transformation of gender and power relations in the different environments we work in, and reflects on learning that can be taken away. It draws on the author's experience as Gender Justice Lead for Oxfam International, which provides leadership, co-ordination and support to the confederation's programmes, campaign, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. It concludes that there are powerful possibilities along with important challenges in working as a confederation to make the concerns and interests of women central to development practice. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.


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