About Srilatha Batliwala
Srilatha Batliwala is the India-based Scholar Associate for AWID (Association for Women's Rights in Development).
Articles by Srilatha Batliwala
This week's guest editors
Crisis in Ukraine
A conference on women redefining democracy can do no better than start with Mary Parker Follett, the unsung, unacknowledged 'mother' of modern organizational theory and management studies, and feminist political philosopher. In her book, The New State, she defined democracy in a particularly feminist way - a definition unlike that of any male philosopher, from the Greeks, to Rousseauvians, to Marxists and neo-liberals
Of all the buzzwords that have entered the development lexicon in the past thirty years, "empowerment" is probably the most widely used and abused. Like many other important terms that were coined to represent a clearly political concept, it has been "mainstreamed" in a manner that has virtually robbed it of its original meaning and strategic value.
History will undoubtedly reveal that the quest for gender equality and justice was one of the defining events of the twentieth century.