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Making it happen: the programme. Collective action for change.

Authors
  • Dem, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Links : a newsletter on gender for Oxfam GB staff and partners
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1996
Pages
3–4
Identifiers
PMID: 12347691
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

To bring about change in the lives of poor women, I set up the program working with women in urban areas (PROFEMU), and introduced gender components into program for which I am responsible, as well as working with the Senegal team to implement the gender policy in our funding and non-funding work. Some of the blockages to change on gender have been a lack of collective intervention at a national level. There are many actors, many approaches, and agencies in competition. Work pressure, changes in structures, and a lack of understanding of the new gender orientation in the field have been other problems. I set up and support women's networks, and work as a resource person with national NGOs to ensure a focus on poor women's interests. I have taken part in setting up a more gender-focused women's network, Collectif Dakar 94 - Beijing 95, and work on building women's leadership and awareness.

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