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When Southern women united under the ‘Women’s Linking Project’ (WLP), they found they had as many similarities as differences. Greatest of these was colonial influence. The author shows how development programmes are still imperialistic and continue to subjugate women. Furthermore, she sees poverty in all its forms as a direct result of neo-liberal economic policies imposed by the West. The WLP aims not only for freedom from patriarchal oppression, but for equality for children and men too. It must do more to work with grassroots women, Northern women, and Southern men – each of which carries its own set of challenges.

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