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2. WOMEN AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

1) Women's Lifeworlds

2) After four decades of women's movements... a new challenge

3) The culture of rural women in Maghreb countries



1) Women's Lifeworlds

How do women from diverse socio-cultural horizons perceive womanhood and society? What solutions do they find to improve their situation? How do they set about shaping their own lives from these contexts? What are their driving forces?

After an important historic period when women's movements all over the world demanded equality, we are on the threshold of a new stage. Now that it is the time to apply the ideas formulated at a global level to the local level, we are confronted with a diversity of perceptions, practices, constraints and openings. The need to differentiate is felt: in the analysis (is the problem the same everywhere?), in defining the objectives (do women seek the same changes everywhere?) and in the strategies (do women wish to solve their problems in different ways?).

The first workshop in 1994 brought together fifteen English-speaking women from all over the world. To prepare for an exchange of experiences and ideas the women described the life histories of their mothers, grand mothers, themselves and their children. The life histories and an analysis of the similarities and differences are published in a book entitled: "Women's Ways of Shaping their Realities".

The second workshop ("Yin Yang") (1996), was being prepared by women and men from different cultural contexts and examined the interaction between the global debate on the socio-economic position of women and the socio-cultural changes in practices and mentality among both men and women.

Also see under the same rubric in French on this site.

2) After four decades of women's movements... a new challenge

Among the social movements of the second part of this century, the women's movement has undoubtedly been an epoch-making one. Thanks to relentless efforts of hundreds of thousands of women, their voices are more and more listened to and what they have to say about the necessity of transforming their societies is taken more and more seriously.

If in the first instance it was urgent to express what they do not like in societies which are dominated by male values, by now the challenge has evolved. The moment seems to have come that they are asked: " yes right, it is time we try to find a balance between feminin and masculin approaches. But apart from the justified defense of women's rights, what do you propose to make our societies function differently, in a more feminin way? What exactly constitutes the feminine art of doing things? How do they conceive of power differently... in concrete practice? Do they have other conceptions of science? What do they propose with regard to the economy? What is the relationship of women to time, to money, to the resolution of conflicts, to management? "

With a view to find answers to these questions, Network Cultures took on the task to examine a large number of theoretical works, articles, testimonies and accounts of experience. The results ware expected by the end of the year 2000.

Also see under the same rubric in French on this site.

3) The culture of rural women in Maghreb countries

Also see under the same rubric in French on this site.

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