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Survival or empowerment?:Crisis and temporary migration among the Serer Millet pounders of Senegal

Authors
Journal
Women s Studies International Forum
0277-5395
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0277-5395(95)80034-m

Abstract

Abstract Collective organizing has been identified in many settings as a mechanism for empowering women. Although the impetus to organize may come through women's efforts to meet survival (practical) needs, the act of organizing provides opportunities to become more aware of strategic needs (those related to power and choice). However, the potential for meeting strategic needs through women's organizations may not be straightforward and may be conditioned by other factors such as the links between women's organizations and features of local culture. This paper assesses the extent to which a millet pounders' collective in Dakar does or does not link survival strategies to empowerment for the rural migrants who are its members.

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