Feminist solidarity and collective action

Volume 21, Issue 2, July 2013

Women at a rally

Women in Uttar Pradesh, India at a rally organised by NGO Samarpan. demanding their right to be recognised for the work they do. Rajendra Shaw/Oxfam GB

Feminist solidarity and collective action are both aims in their own right, and ways of working to attain gender justice and women’s rights, not only in developing countries but in the global North.

In this issue of G&D, articles from researchers, activists and practitioners focus on how the ideals of the feminist movements have been heard, absorbed and responded to by development and humanitarian policy and practice: both as ends in themselves, and as critical elements in the process of attaining economic, political and social rights for all.


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Introduction: Feminist solidarity and collective action
Caroline Sweetman


Feminist mobilisation and progressive and policy change: why governments take action to combat violence against women
S. Laurel Weldon and Mala Htun

Organising women workers in the informal economy
Naila Kabeer, Kirsty Milward and Ratna Sudarshan

‘Pink transportation’ in Mexico City: reclaiming urban space through collective action against gender-based violence
Amy Dunckel-Graglia

Why gender matters in activism: feminism and social justice movements
Manjima Bhattacharjya, Jenny Birchall, Pamela Caro, David Kelleher and Vinita Sahasranaman

Women’s collective action in African agricultural markets: the limits of current development practice for rural women’s empowerment
Sally Baden

The importance of being connected: urban poor women’s experience of self-help discourse in Cambodia
Kristy Ward and Vichhra Mouyly

Taking feminist action online: reflections on the ‘Keep Saartjie Baartman Centre Open’ e-campaign
Selina Mudavanhu and Jennifer Radloff

More than 13 million: mass mobilisation and gender politics in the Vietnam Women’s Union
Gabi Waibel and Sarah Glück

Feminist solidarity: no boys allowed? Views of pro-feminist men on collaboration and alliance building with women’s movements
Kate Bojin


Feminist Solidarity and Collective Action Resources List
Compiled by Liz Cooke

Views, events, and debates (subscriber-only access)
Edited by Liz Cooke

Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City
Reviewed by Caroline Moser

Feminism & Migration: Cross Cultural Engagements
Reviewed by Nikki Dunne

Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America
Reviewed by Rebecca Elmhirst

Women and Wars: Contested Histories, Uncertain Futures
Reviewed by Carol Cohn

Negotiating Boundaries: Gender, Violence and Transformation in Brazil
Reviewed by Keisha-Khan Y. Perry

New South Asian Feminisms: Paradoxes and Possibilities
Reviewed by Nidhi Tandon