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Chapter 101: Who Does the Counting? Gender Mainstreaming, Grassroots Initiatives and Linking Women Across Space and ‘Race’ in Guyana
D. Alissa Trotz Over the past two and a half decades, there has been a virtual explosion of women’s visibility in the global public arena, in large part the result of lobbying and mobilisation of transnational feminist networks. Gender mainstreaming is everywhere, from national governments collecting data and creating women’s bureaux and gender focal points in ministries, to the various international legislative instruments and protocols that give gender institutional recognition and legitimacy on the world stage. For many the paradox is the way in which gender mainstreaming is invoked at supranational and national levels by the very same institutions that have been the architects of neoliberal economic policies. This is apparent in the Caribbean, more than a decade after the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) named women and poverty and women and the economy as two of its strategic objectives and priority areas for action. Notwithstanding the distance between official commitments to gender equality and mainstreaming and on the ground realities, the uneven incorporation of gender within countries and institutions across various poverty assessments and living standards surveys, and the tendency to incorporate gender regularly only in studies that are specifically or stereotypically about women like domestic violence and reproductive health, the limited data that do exist points to a deepening of poverty and an entrenchment of gendered inequalities in a region that has adopted market reforms and structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) since the 1980s (Andaiye, 2003). While gender is on the Caribbean agenda (albeit unevenly), there appears to have...
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