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Feminist Analysis in Amplifying Women’s Realities within the World of Work

Since its inception in 1988, the African Women’s Development Network (FEMNET) has strategically positioned herself as a ‘convenor, organiser and facilitator on dialogues around critical issues including women’s involvement in governance and leadership [and] promoting women’s economic justice’ among other things. Over the years, FEMNET has increased its advocacy and capacity building in economic justice to interrogate macroeconomic policies through a feminist lens.

This paper proceeds from the premise that women should be included in decisionmaking processes that affect them, and women’s economic advancement should be ensured in all economic matters, including in the changing world of work, and acknowledges that despite global commitments to promote gender equality, the world of work still views, treats and compensates women differently from men. The paper is guided by the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists, and recognises the rights of all women, especially the rights to live free of
patriarchal oppression, discrimination and violence, to have access to sustainable and just livelihoods, and to freedom of choice, autonomy and bodily integrity within the changing world of work.

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