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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society OrganisationsChallenging or Maintaining the Status Quo?$
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Christina Schwabenland, Chris Lange, Jenny Onyx, and Sachiko Nakagawa

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324775

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.001.0001

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Gender democracy and women’s self-empowerment: a case of Somali diaspora civil society

Gender democracy and women’s self-empowerment: a case of Somali diaspora civil society

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(p.209) Ten Gender democracy and women’s self-empowerment: a case of Somali diaspora civil society
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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations
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Marco Tavanti

Cawo Abdi

Blaire MacHarg

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.003.0010

The Somali diaspora plays a vital role in bridging the gap between international non- governmental aid organisations and local Somali civil society. Women’s empowerment initiatives face many challenges in transitional societies such as Somalia. Yet, concerted efforts and multi-faceted investments in this endeavour have the potential to improve the status of women in post-war contexts. This chapter explores the role that Somali diaspora civil society organisations (SD-CSOs) engaged in gender democracy and women’s self-empowerment efforts play in the promotion of gender equality. Through an analysis of capacity development at the meso-level, the study outlines how SD-CSOs are best equipped to support women’s empowerment processes in Somalia through the application of strategies that are both culturally acceptable and internationally recognised.

Keywords:   Somalia, civil society, gender equality, democracy, meso-level, diaspora

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