National women’s machineries
Structures and spaces
in Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?

This chapter focuses on the 'lessons learned' by national machineries in mainstreaming gender issues, drawing from the experience of the Turkish national women's machinery (NWM) as well as other published case studies. NWMs face some formidable challenges. At the international level the rise of women's movements since the late 1970s have pressurized development agencies and governments to discuss gender issues and find ways to promote gender equality. The chapter begins by examining mainstreaming and institutionalization as a goal. It focuses on the opportunities and constraints that NWMs face within the contexts in which they work, dividing them into political, organizational and cognitive contexts. The chapter discusses some strategies for NWMs that emerge from this analysis as well as those that incorporate NWMs but go beyond them to include other political actors.

Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?

Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women

Editor: Shirin M. Rai

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