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Political mobilization of grassroots women and its implications: a case study of Proshika in Bangladesh

Md. , Moniruzzaman (2004) Political mobilization of grassroots women and its implications: a case study of Proshika in Bangladesh. Forum of International Development Studies, 25 (1). pp. 159-181. ISSN 1341-3732

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Proshika, the second largest NGO in Bangladesh, follows the participatory development approach for the socioeconomic development and empwoerment of poor women in Bangladesh. However, proshika is heavily criticized and opposed by some quaters especially Islamic groups for its alleged controvertial activities. This paper examines Proshika's participatory mobilization activities with reference to a specific women's mobilization incident in 1998, the final objective being to underline the implications of NGO-led political mobilization of women in Bangladesh. The paper argues that proshika's top-down approach to decision-making and its impositional type of mobilization is heavily loaded with partisan political rhetoric. It implies that political mobilization as a means of political empowerment for women may not be as simple as women's empowerment theories suggest.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5147/4630
Uncontrolled Keywords: political mobilization, grassroots women, Proshika, Bangladesh
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT401 Rural groups. Rural sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr. Moniruzzaman Md.
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2013 09:00
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 09:00
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/4630

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