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Rising Phoenixes: Creative resistance by victimized women

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Farida Shaheed reports on a series of encounters held at and around the AWID Forum where drawing on their experiences of violence and extremisms, women spoke of the ‘moment of opportunity’ created by violence, how they harnessed this moment, and cast off the role of narrators of sufferings to assume the mantle of leadership. She asks feminists to examine why women's rights activists have not extended the support needed to victim-led initiatives emerging out of political violence and why the responses are so often limited to an abstract theoretical level. She proposes that ‘victim’-led models of resistance are needed not only for the women involved in large-scale violence but for all feminists.Development (2006) 49, 52–54. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100232

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2006

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