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Changing Their World: Concepts And Practices Of Women’s Movements 2nd Edition

Changing their World 2nd Edition

Updated with new case study summaries, new introduction and new Lessons Learned

Edited by Srilatha Batliwala

This 2nd edition of Changing their World clarifies our concept of movements, especially feminist movements, by analyzing the experiences of strong and vibrant women’s movements in different parts of the world, to understand how they evolved, strategized, and made an impact. 

In addition to the original 10 case studies, this second edition presents a revised conceptual framework and analysis, as well as featuring summaries of 4 new case studies documented between 2009 and 2010. These new case studies focus specifically on the movements of sex workers in Southwestern India, of lesbian women living in conditions of poverty in the Philippines, of the global disabled women’s movement-in-the-making, and of the women’s peace movement in war-torn Sudan.The 4 case studies give visibility to diverse expressions of women’s organizing whose movement building experiences that have traditionally not been part of mainstream women’s movements.

Sharing and understanding the experiences of these women and the emergent movements enriched and sharpened the conceptual framework presented in the first edition—as one that explicitly links organizational strengthening process to movement building from a feminist perspective.

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The Seeds of a Movement—Disabled Women and their Struggle to Organize
by Janet Price

Since the 1970s, disabled women have been organizing and raising awareness of the oppression they face. This case study maps out the challenges that disabled women have confronted in their struggle to fight discrimination and build their own movements. It presents examples from small local groups facing specific challenges, national bodies addressing policy and law-making, and international groups like the UN to establish global rights. 

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GALANG: A Movement in the Making for the Rights of Poor LBTs in the Philippines
by Anne Lim

Galang is the Filipino word for respect and lies at the core of GALANG’s struggle for equality and justice which they promote  in both local LGBT communities and within mainstream Philippine society. This case study contributes to global learning about feminist movements and organizing, and to the growing body of work that investigates the intersections between sexuality and poverty. 

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The VAMP/SANGRAM Sex Worker’s Movement in India’s Southwest
by The SANGRAM/VAMP team

This case study presents the history, formation, leadership, and function of the VAMP Collective. VAMP and SANGRAM are examples of the sex workers rights movement in India.

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Women Building Peace: The Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace (SuWEP) in Sudan
by Zaynab ElSaw

During the 1990s Sudanese women from both north and south formed the Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace (SuWEP), an umbrella body bringing together women from the two regions, and from different ethnic, socio-economic, and political backgrounds. This case study tells the story of Sudanese women’s involvement in the peace processes before and after the initiative of SuWEP, and explores the roles SuWEP played as a feminist movement through the analysis of the tools and approaches developed by the women’s groups to make their voices heard.

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