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The power of relationships: love and solidarity in a landless women’s organisation

Kabeer, Naila ORCID: 0000-0001-7769-9540 and Hug, Lopita (2010) The power of relationships: love and solidarity in a landless women’s organisation. IDS Bulletin, 41 (2). pp. 79-87. ISSN 0265-5012

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.2010.00126.x


This article examines the significance of social relationships in women's lives and their relevance to processes of women's empowerment. In Bangladesh, traditional structures limit women's social interaction to their immediate family and maintain male responsibility over them. However, here we look at the example of Saptagram – a social mobilisation organisation particularly focused against gender injustice towards rural landless Bangladeshi women – and how by providing relationships beyond the private sphere it engendered bonds of friendship and loyalty amongst its beneficiaries. Difficulties with systems and its inability to recruit a new line of leadership led to its apparent failure at one point. Yet, despite this, by providing knowledge of rights, respect, courage to stand up for one's beliefs and a sense of wellbeing through working alongside people in the villages, it inspired an enduring solidarity amongst the women it served which led to its eventual resurrection.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 07:20
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 01:45

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