Women and Power: Fighting Patriarchy and Poverty

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A major re-evaluation of ideas about power, this book sheds new light on empowerment by exploring and celebrating the achievements of rural Mexican women. The authors demonstrate how it is often poor women in poor countries who are celebrating new powers and changing their own lives. They deal with power in everyday terms: how power is gained or lost through working with others; how women’s lives are defined or constrained by the power of the state, family or religion; how self-empowerment can transform personal relations; and the effects of power conferred from without by NGOs and/or the international development community.

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About the Author:

Janet Townsend is Senior Lecturer, University of Durham UK. Pilar Alberti is Lecturer, Colegio de Postgraduados in Columbia.

Marta Mercado is a Doctoral research student, University of Guelph.

Jo Rowlands is Senior Evaluation Officer, Voluntary Service Overseas, London.

Emma Zapata is Professor, Colegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias Agricolas.

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'The thing that makes the most impact about this book is that through each one of the testimonies, reflections and discussions, we approach empowerment as a never-ending process... We are invited to recognize the complex journey, at once individual and universal, from dependency to freedom.' - Virginia Vargas.

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