Intersectional mainstreaming and Sightsavers’ Lady Health Workers Programme in Pakistan
Gender mainstreaming, or at least the language of gender mainstreaming, has become a mainstay for donor agencies and non-government organisations engaged in development work. Increasingly, however, there are calls for the mainstreaming of other so-called ‘cross-cutting aspects of development’, such as disability. This article tries to provide an answer to the resultant question of how to deal with these simultaneously existing ‘cross-cutting aspects’ and their attendant demands for mainstreaming. The article focuses on a holistic approach facilitated by the feminist concept of ‘intersectionality’, which is illustrated via a case study of Sightsavers’ Lady Health Workers Programme in Pakistan. Ultimately, I argue that intersectional mainstreaming must counter a weakness in the implementation of traditional mainstreaming, by working against the depoliticisation of key liberatory concepts and goals.
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