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Abstract

This paper explores a gender analysis of the Bamako Polycentric World Social Forum, 2006. Thus far, gender has been marginalized in the World Social Forum process, despite the progressive tone of the project for “another world,” indirectly alluding to gender equality. The Bamako WSF 2006 is an interesting case study to assess gender institutionalisation, as for the first time African women activists were massively integrated into the discussions. Additionally, national organizers dedicated a specific venue for gender issues, the Women’s World. What was the impact of these two features for the “engendering” of the WSF?

Note on the Author

Aurelie Latoures is a doctoral student affiliated to the Centre for African Studies (CEAN) and the Political Institute of Bordeaux, France. Her Ph.D. project deals with “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Public Policies compared in Mali and Kenya,” exploring the role of different advocacy coalitions competing for the framing of the issue in the policy-making process. She participated to the Bamako Polycentric World Social Forum in 2006. She will carry on this parallel research on gender and the WSF from an African perspective at the Nairobi WSF 2007.

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