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Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South

The Politics of Domestic Violence Policy

Sohela Nazneen Sam Hickey Eleni Sifaki



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CRC Press Inc
07 March 2019
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The fact that women have achieved higher levels of political inclusion within low- and middle-income countries has generated much speculation about whether this is reaping broader benefits in tackling gender-based inequalities. This book uncovers the multiple political dynamics that influence governments to adopt and implement gender equity policies, pushing the debate beyond simply the role of women's inclusion in influencing policy. Bringing the politics of development into discussion with feminist literature on women's empowerment, the book proposes the new concept of 'power domains' as a way to capture how inter-elite bargaining, coalitional politics, and social movement activism combine to shape policies that promote gender equity.

In particular, the book investigates the conditions under which countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have adopted legislation against domestic violence, which remains widespread in many developing countries. The book demonstrates that women's presence in formal politics and policy spaces does not fully explain the pace in adopting and implementing domestic violence law. Underlying drivers of change within broader domains of power also include the role of clientelistic politics and informal processes of bargaining, coalition-building, and persuasion; the discursive framing of gender-equitable ideas; and how transnational norms influence women's political inclusion and gender-inclusive policy outcomes. The comparative approach across Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Ghana, India, and Bangladesh demonstrates how advancing gender equality varies by political context and according to the interests surrounding a particular issue.

Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South will be of interest to students and scholars of gender and development, as well as to activists within governments, political parties, nongovernmental organizations, women's movements, and donor agencies, at national and international levels, who are looking to develop effective strategies for advancing gender equality.
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Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780815372356
ISBN 10:   0815372353
Series:   Routledge ISS Gender, Sexuality and Development Studies
Pages:   240
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sohela Nazneen, Research Fellow, Gender and Sexuality, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. Sam Hickey, Professor of Politics and Development and Research Director, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID), The University of Manchester, UK. Eleni Sifaki, Research Associate, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID), The University of Manchester, UK.

Reviews for Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: The Politics of Domestic Violence Policy

This book provides exciting new ways of thinking about how women's rights policy change occurs in the Global South. [It] is certain to influence contemporary thinking about gender-related policy reform and, as such, it is a must read for international and domestic policy makers, women's rights activists, donors, scholars of gender and politics and many others. -- Aili Mari Tripp, Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science & Gender and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA Understanding the political processes that lead to greater gender equity in the Global South is a first step in tackling problems such as domestic violence in a transformative way. This book makes an important contribution both conceptually and empirically in this highly policy-relevant field - a must read for scholars, activists and policy-makers committed to promote gender equality and social justice. -- Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator, Social Policy and Development Programme, UNRISD, Switzerland This book is a great addition to the literature on gender equality policies, focusing particularly on domestic violence in the global South. It carefully demonstrates the strategies for confronting deeply entrenched power inequalities across institutions of the state and society. A must read for activists and researchers alike. -- Nitya Rao, Professor of Gender and Development, University of East Anglia, UK This is an excellent collection of articles. Not only does it deal with a topic that has been prioritised by the international women's movement but it does so in an intellectually coherent way by locating empirical analysis from different parts of the world within a shared theoretical framework and a common research methodology. -- Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK Bringing together leading experts on gender and politics, this book demonstrates how states come to introduce and implement GBV laws. Diverse case studies draw attention to broad, inclusive feminist coalitions: cultivating both high-level and grassroots support. Enforcement and normative change then emerge as conditional upon three key dynamics: state commitment, state capacity, and state collaboration with civil society. -- Alice Evans, Lecturer in the Social Science of Development, King's College London, UK

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