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Imagining Change: Women and the Making of Civil Societies in the Arctic Region, Asia, Latin America and Europe

The aim of this project is to explore the heterogeneity of women’s organizations and of civil-society organizations targeting women and children, assessing the variety of meanings ascribed to gender equality and feminism globally. By applying a historical, comparative and international perspective, we want to analyse the different kinds of women’s organizations, of civil society organizations targeting women and children, and of feminisms that develop in diverse national/regional contexts. We want to understand the shifting meanings of feminism evolving from these diverse frames and analyse the varied, contradictory and conflicting roles these organizations play in strengthening democratic practices within civil society.

Methodologically, the project, departing from the notion of global ethnography, is composed of a set of case studies of women’s organizations, civil-society organizations that target women and children, and feminist activism in the Arctic region, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Questions regarding the meaning of feminism and of women’s rights remain contested issues globally. These questions are at the core of this research program.

Martinsson’s case study focuses women’s organizations in rural Pakistan. Issues of transnational feminism as well as global inequalities are discussed and analysed from a post-colonial perspective.

Project leader: Diana Mulinari, Lund University
Participant researcher at Cultural Sciences: Lena Martinsson
Project duration: 2011–2017
Funding: The Swedish Research Council and the Faculty of Arts

Contact Information

Lena Martinsson

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

+46-(0)31-786 5910

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