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'We don't want equality; we want to be given our rights': Muslim women negotiating global development concepts in Senegal

Nadine Sieveking

Africa Spectrum, 2007, vol. 42, issue 1, 29-48

Abstract: The article shows how global development concepts are appropriated by women's organisa­tions in Senegal and how their meaning is negotiated with respect to local discourses and practices. It is based on a case study of an NGO campaign for a reform of the national family law, focussing on the concepts of women's rights and gender equality. The tense relationship between Western dominated development discourses and the official politics of women's advancement, as represented by the secular state on the one side, and the norms of local Muslim society on the other, reflect the complex dynamics of glocalisation. Focussing on the strategies of women's organisations on the local level, the aspect of agency is highlighted, questioning thereby the widespread stereotype of the 'vulnerability' of women within Muslim society.

Date: 2007
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