Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women
Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?
in Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?

Institutionalizing women's interests in all areas and sectors of policy at all levels has been a concern of women's movements worldwide, as well as of international institutions such as the United Nations (UN). Gender mainstreaming has emerged as a strategy for addressing this issue, relevant to all states and public institutions. National machineries for the advancement of women are regarded as appropriate institutional mechanisms for ensuring that gender mainstreaming agendas are implemented and issues of gender equality remain in focus in public policy. This chapter sketches out the major positions that have been articulated in feminist state debates, and the shifts that have occurred within them. It focuses on the processes of democratization and argues that the question of engagement with the state and state institutions cannot be seen in terms of binary opposites.

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Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?

Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women

Editor: Shirin M. Rai

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