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The feminist empowerment paradigm...

"feminist empowerment paradigm:
the feminist empowerment paradigm underlies the gender policies of many NGOs and the perspectives of some of the consultants and researchers looking at gender impact of microfinance programs (eg Johnson, 1997). This paradigm did not originate as a Northern imposition. It is rooted in the development of some of the earliest micro-finance programs in the South, particularly SEWA and WWF in India. Here the underlying concerns are gender equality and women’s human rights. Micro-finance is promoted as an entry point in the context of a wider strategy for women’s economic and socio-political empowerment. The focus here is on gender awareness and feminist organization. Some programs have developed very effective means for integrating gender awareness into programs and for organizing women and men to challenge and change gender discrimination. Some also have legal rights support for women and engage in gender advocacy."

Does this paradigm need any revision? When in a region of the planet where society functions on the terms of the men within the region, can the paradigm ever be a dangerous rope to walk...potentially preventing regional developmental growths by ignoring the cultural reality of the region?

-Brian

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