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Keywords:

  • Women;
  • grassroots organizing;
  • neoliberalism

Abstract: Women's organizations and others which attend to gender issues, have expanded considerably over the last 15 years. This article examines the changing context in which such organizations operate, including the contradictory effect of neoliberal global governance, particularly since the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995. Feminist practice approaches in anthropology continue to examine the cultural politics from which feminism and gender politics emerge in this context of globalization. The article encourages anthropologists to engage even more with the discursive and material effects that render these organizations and initiatives subject to the contradictory mechanisms of neoliberal global governance, including human rights initiatives that focus on women and the global consequences of economic restructuring.