'Feminist movements and organizations have been key drivers of progressive change in the global South and are an essential part of any policy or scholarly engagement with development issues. While much of the literature on women's movements focuses on policy impacts, this collection puts feminist activism and voice at its centre. The authors, all with insider experience of Africa, the Middle East or Latin America, provide a rich analysis of the challenges and opportunities that feminists are faced with in today's rapidly changing political environment. This book is a most welcome contribution to the literature on women's movements and must-read for students of politics, feminism and development studies.'
Maxine Molyneux, UCL Institute of the Americas
'Voicing Demands makes an unique contribution to feminist theorizing on development by elucidating the links between voice, feminist activism and transitional contexts. Contributed to by Southern feminist activists and academics and covering a range of transitional countries, it overturns post-Beijing gender and development orthodoxies about "voice" and its assumed positive linear connection to influence and replaces it with a rich heterodoxy of contingent, contextual and often compromised experience of voice in feminist activism.'
Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, co-author of Creating Voice and Carving Space: Redefining Governance from a Gender Perspective
'Political transitions are opportunities for feminists to renegotiate the terms of citizenship. But they have also seen the appearance of newly assertive, even militant patriarchies. This very timely volume of essays by experienced feminist scholar-activists brings authoritative and sobering reflections on the complexities of building authentic feminist constituencies in developing country contexts in which the imperatives of equal rights for previously excluded groups of women can be distorted by a range of transnational forces, whose legal frameworks, financial resources and networks can both legitimate and undermine domestic feminist projects. The impressive achievements and the serious new obstacles faced by women's rights advocates in transitional contexts, and the feminist movement strategies in response, show the fundamentals of an inclusive politics of self-determination in the context of globalization.'
Anne Marie Goetz, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women)