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The dangers of NGO-isation of women’s rights in Africa


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“The challenge of NGO-isation is that it is predominantly subject to the imagination, assumptions, and interests of Northern funding institutions and their surrogates.

“There is no doubt that international support has played, and is playing a significant role in enabling the continued existence of a women’s rights discourse in Africa. Nevertheless, Northern support has largely controlled the women’s rights and gender equality agenda along with our imagination, ultimately reducing our capacity as activists to own the conversation”.

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