Southern Anthropologist


Under circumstances where women are increasingly relied upon for development work, some important questions need answering. Are women victimized or empowered by their participation in development? Through the examination of three case studies from Colombia, I will argue that the shift toward neoliberal development policies creates conditions under which women’s participation in development is both more necessary for survival, and more difficult to maintain. These policies, slashing state budgets for social services, increasing unemployment rates, and exacerbating social conflict, make demands of women that ate perhaps both unreasonable and unfair.

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