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Fragmented feminisms: women's organisations and citizenship in 'transition' in Poland

Fragmented feminisms: women's organisations and citizenship in 'transition' in Poland
9 pages

Coyle, Angela

Sweetman, Caroline
Gender & Development Volume 11 Issue 3 Citizenship

Publication date
01 Nov 2003


Oxfam GB

Journal article

Both governments and international donors now increasingly recognise women's organisations as key actors in the promotion of women's rights, democracy, and citizenship. Yet they remain, on the whole, poorly equipped for this role. The precarious, under-funded, and short-term existence of most women's organisations does not equate with a flourishing civil society. If women's organisations are to have more impact, they and their sponsors need to develop a longer view. This article focuses on the author's experience of capacity-building work with four women's organisations in Poland. Here, women's citizenship and rights are being promoted in the context of neo-liberal economic policies. 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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