AGAINST ALL ODDS
Essays on Women, Religion and Development from India and Pakistan
Kamla Bhasin, Nighat Said Khan and Ritu Menon (Eds.)
This book examines the institution of personal law in South Asia, presents interviews with women across the political and religious spectrum, and analyses advocacy efforts. It reviews the role that religion can play to advance social change and equality, and the resistance being mounted by women to challenge its most obvious oppressions.
Kali for Women (Second Edition), 1994. paper; 191 pp. ISBN 81-85107-74-2 US$10.00
CONNECTING ACROSS CULTURES AND CONTINENTS
Black Women Speak Out on Identity, Race and Development
Achola O. Pala (Ed.)
This collection of essays presents a cross-cultural multi-disciplinary critique of racism both as a development issue and as a challenge to the international women's movement. It provides a thought-provoking analysis of black women worldwide who are working to transcend their alienation, to validate their heritage, and to escape the tyranny of racial discrimination. Bibliography.
UNIFEM, 1995. paper; 89 pp. ISBN 0-912917-35-0 US$9.95
MUSLIM WOMEN'S CHOICES
Camilla Fawzi El-Solh and Judy Mabro (Eds.)
This book presents a cross-cultural perspective of Muslim women's experiences and choices in diverse social settings. The papers focus on the manner in which Muslim women consciously and unconsciously accommodate religious belief to their social reality, and on gender roles and relationships in countries ranging from Iran and Egypt to Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
Berg, 1994. paper; 206 pp. ISBN 0-85496-836-9 US$17.50
SEE ALSO: Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World (Category: Women's Human Rights)
Claiming Our Rights: A Manual for Women's Human Rights in Muslim Societies (Category: Women's Human Rights)
Gender and Disability: Women's Experiences in the Middle East (Category: Women and Disability
A View of Maasai Women
This book focuses on the Maasai women of Kenya, who are part of an ecosystem management programme for sustainable exploitation of natural resources. The programme used a new "photo-appraisal" technique: small groups of women were asked to discuss the good and bad things in their lives, and to take photographs of these. The resulting book is a fascinating series of photographs taken by the women, supported by their own voices.
Centre of Biodiversity of the National Museums of Kenya, 1995. paper; 55 pp.ISBN 9966-9861-1-1 US$15.00
WOMEN AND RIGHT-WING MOVEMENTS
Tanika Sarkar and Urvashi Butalia (Eds.)
The contributors to this fascinating volume are activists and researchers living in India. They present a gendered perspective on Indian right-wing politics, focusing on the violent communalism which is pulling women into militant politics, particularly into the Hindu right.
Zed Books, 1996. paper; 224 pp. ISBN 1-85649-290-7 US$19.95
WOMEN, CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT
A Study of Human Capabilities
Martha Nussbaum and Jonathan Glover (Eds.)
This collection of papers examines social, economic, and ethical questions related to the struggle for gender equality and justice. It discusses the methodology and foundations of studies of women's equality, followed by an exposition of theories of justice, law and reason. Regional perspectives are presented from China, Mexico, India and Nigeria.
Oxford University Press, 1996. paper; 496 pp. ISBN 0-19-828964-2 US$19.95
WOMEN'S REBELLION AND ISLAMIC MEMORY
Women's Rebellion presents a sustained analysis of women in Islamic thought, the construction of femininity in the Muslim unconscious, and of some formulations of gender. Chronicling ten years of research, Mernissi, one of the most important and eloquent feminist intellectuals of our time, examines a range of issues fundamental to the status of Muslim women, including economic and demographic indicators. She discusses the effect of state prescriptions about women's roles, activities and spheres on women's lives and on the creative and spiritual life of a culture.
Mernissi demonstrates the existence of a more open Islam at its historical origins, from which subsequent constructions have emerged as strongly partisan. Passionately argued, this work will be essential reading for students and academics in women's studies, sociology, Middle Eastern studies and social theory.
Zed Books, 1996. paper; 131 pp. ISBN 1-85649-398-9 US$17.50
ZIMBABWE WOMEN'S VOICES
Ciru Getecha and Jesimen Chipika (Eds.)
How do you build an effective women's movement? Why do women sometimes subscribe to oppressive cultural practices? What are the obstacles to girls' education? This visually stunning book records the voices of two thousand rural and thirty urban Zimbabwean women talking about these and a whole array of other issues affecting their lives: education; health; land and environment; politics; business and economic development; formal employment; violence; media; and culture. This collection of interviews, interspersed with poetry and personal accounts, is enriched with statistics, colourful graphs, and photographs.
Created and designed by Zimbabwean women, this is a wonderful resource which, while drawing the reader into a distinct cultural experience, also speaks to the struggle of women all over the world.
Zimbabwe Women's Resource Centre and Network, 1995. paper; 175 pp. ISBN 0-7974-1522-X US$15.00
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