chapter  3
36 Pages

Co-opting Gender and Bureaucratizing Feminism: Exploring Equity through the Institutionalization of “Gender”

The proliferation of international gender-based documents, a plethora of gender indicators, and the eagerness of states-particularly in the Third World-to ratify these documents as an avenue toward increasing their credibility on the global playing fi eld makes it diffi cult to sideline issues of women’s empowerment, rights, and gender equality from the discursive landscapes of national policy discussions. Yet, how does one account for the fact that three decades after the First World Conference on Women in 1975, Caribbean women, in reality, appear to be under the same and, in many instances, even greater threat within the planning machinery of these territories? In this chapter, I address these questions by analyzing the dissonance that exists between the abundance of institutional mechanisms within the region and the experiences that gender focal points have on the inside of these institutions.