The Common Weal
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The Common Weal

By Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher
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Democratization has become an important concept in the last ten years. With the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalization, and the extension of economic regulatory regimes, democratization has come to be seen as important to securing long-term political stability. Much has been written about democratization and gender in works on human rights, citizenship, women's movements and challenges to authoritarian regimes. This book, published in association with the United Nations, builds on this existing body of literature by looking at the relevance of national machineries for the advancement of women. Appropriate mechanisms through which the mainstreaming of gender can take place are considered, and the levels of governance involved - the relationship between gender mainstreaming and state structures, and the effect of this relationship on issues of decentralization, accountability, consultation and participation. It defines what the 'interests of women' are, and how and by what processes these interests are represented to the state policy making structures. Global strategies for the advancement of women, and how far these have penetrated at national level are considered. This is illuminated by a series of case studies - gender equality in Sweden and other Nordic countries, the Ugandan ministry of Gender, Culture and Social services, gender awareness in Central and Eastern Europe, and further examples from South Korea, the Lebanon, Beijing and Australia. This book will be of vital use to students of democratization, gender studies and politics, and is the first full-length appraisal of global strategies and national machineries for the advancement of women.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Figures and tables
  • List of contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword
  • List of abbreviations
  • Introduction - Shirin M. Rai
  • Part I Conceptual frameworks
  • 1 Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women: mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state? - Shirin M. Rai
  • 2 Gender mainstreaming: conceptual links to institutional machineries - Kathleen Staudt
  • Part II Comparative analyses
  • 3 National women’s machinery: state-based institutions to advocate for gender equality - Anne Marie Goetz
  • 4 National women’s machineries: structures and spaces - Nüket Kardam and Selma Acuner
  • Part III Case studies
  • 5 The role of the women’s movement in institutionalizing a gender focus in public policy: the Ecuadorian experience - Silvia Vega Ugalde
  • 6 The National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, the women’s movement and gender mainstreaming in the Philippines - Jurgette Honculada and Rosalinda Pineda Ofreneo
  • 7 National machinery for gender equality in Sweden and other Nordic countries - Birgitta Aseskog
  • 8 Gender awareness and the national machineries in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe - Zuzana Jezerska
  • 9 The government of the United Kingdom: the Women’s National Commission - Wendy Stokes
  • 10 The national machinery for gender equality in Uganda: institutionalized gesture politics? - Joy C. Kwesiga
  • 11 The National Commission for Women: the Indian experience - Shirin M. Rai
  • 12 The life and times of women’s policy machinery in Australia - Marian Sawer
  • Conclusions: looking forward - Shirin M. Rai
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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