Young Feminisms

Volume 26, Issue 3 | November 2018


Young feminists are trialling new strategies and ways of working to further young women's right to shape the world today and tomorrow - as workers, as students, as concerned citizens.

This issue features voices and views of young feminists involved in today's new social movements, spanning both on- and off-line. They're working at a time when courage and vision is needed more than ever in the face of right-wing extremism, and challenges to human rights and internationalism.

They offer a vision of change that sweeps away the old ways of 'doing development', challenging powerful elites to 'walk the talk' on feminist leadership, women's rights and youth empowerment.

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Below, you can find free access to the Introduction, five articles, and the Resources and Book Reviews sections of the issue.

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Introduction: development and young feminisms
Imogen Davies and Caroline Sweetman

Reclaim, resist, reframe: re-imagining feminist movements in the 2010s
Esther Moraes and Vinita Sahasranaman

Young feminists’ creative strategies to challenge the status quo: a view from FRIDA
Gopika Bashi, Lucia Martelotte, Boikanyo Modungwa and Maria Eugenia Olmos

In the land of wise old men: experiences of young women activists in Myanmar
Agatha Ma, Poe Ei Phyu and Catriona Knapman

Reading girls’ participation in Girl Up as feminist: club members’ activism in the UK, USA and Malawi
Rosie Walters


Young feminists working globally to end violence against women and girls: key challenges and ways forward
Christine Homan, Divya Chandran and Rita Lo

Reclaiming culture, resisting co-optation: young feminists confronting the rising right
Isabel Marler, Daniela Marin Platero and Felogene Anumo

A young feminist new order: an exploration of why young feminists organise the way they do
Devi Leiper O'Malley and Ruby Johnson

Paid work: the magic solution for young women to achieve empowerment? Evidence from the Empower Youth for Work project in Bangladesh
Pushpita Saha, Saskia Van Veen, Imogen Davies, Khalid Hossain, Ronald van Moorten and Lien van Mellaert

Empowering youth in rural, up-country Sri Lanka through gender-equitable education and employment
Ruvani W. Fonseka


Here you can find additional materials related to the issue. These are compiled by Liz Cooke.

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Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet by Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson. Reviewed by Fenella Porter

Sexuality and Citizenship by Diane Richardson. Reviewed by Nancy A. Naples

Gender, Power and Knowledge for Development by Lata Narayanaswamy. Reviewed by Deborah Eade

The Paula Principle: Why Women Lose Out at Work and What Needs to Be Done About It by Tom Schuller. Reviewed by Rieky Stuart