The authors in this volume address the questions 'What is empowerment?' Is it power over resources? Is it the ability to create 'effective demand'? Is it about the ability to make choices? Is it about access to resources and how they are controlled, politically, economically, by NGOs, by political parties, by the state? Do political parties facilitate or do they channel energies away from empowerment? They evaluate how in different circumstances different political agents have been seen as provider of resources.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements - Notes on the Contributors - Introduction; H.Afshar - Empowerment in the Discourse and Practice of Development; J.Rowland - Fruit of Burden: The Organisation of Women Temporary Workers in Chilean Agribusiness; S.Barrientos - Gender Aspects of the Rural Urban Migration in China; D.Davin - The Grameen Bank Experiment: Empowerment of Women through Credit; L.N.Khan Osmani - Gender Relations and the Democratisation to Local Politics in the Transition to Democracy in Brazil and Chile; F.Macaulay - The Syrian Woman: Reality and Aspiration; L.Djabari - 'Disempowerment' and the Politics of Civil Liberties for Iranian Women; H.Afshar - Violence in Intimate Relationships: an Indian Case Study; P.Sen - Engendering Conflict Analysis; D.Pankhurst & J.Pearce - Women Dying, Women Working: Disempowerment in British India; J.Kynch & M.Sibbons - Women, Gender and Impact Assessment; E.Dawson - Index