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Gender and Women Development Initiatives in Bangladesh: A Study of Rural Mother Center.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Health & Social Policy, ISSN 0897-7186, E-ISSN 1937-190X, Vol. 31, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Women-focused development initiatives have become a controversial issue connected with women's health and welfare. Previous studies indicated that development initiatives might increase women's workload, family conflict, and marital violence. This study explored the gendered characteristics of a development initiative Rural Mother Center in Bangladesh. Data incorporated policy document and interviews of social workers working with the mother centers in two northwest subdistricts. The qualitative content analysis of data emerged a general theme of expanding women's responsibility while maintaining male privilege explaining gendered design and practice of the development initiative. The theme was supported by two gendered categories related to the design: (a) essentializing women's participation; (b) maintaining traditional gender, and four categories related to the practice; (c) inadequate gender knowledge and skills; (d) reinforcing traditional gender; (e) using women for improving office performance; and (f) upholding male privilege. The study suggests that though women-focused development initiatives need to be embraced with gender-redistributive policies, the social workers should be trained for attaining gender-transformative motivation and competencies.

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2016. Vol. 31, no 5
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-127501DOI: 10.1080/19371918.2015.1137517PubMedID: 27149647OAI: diva2:1046542
Available from: 2016-11-14 Created: 2016-11-14 Last updated: 2016-11-14

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