Feminist Dissent 3

Challenging Binaries to Promote Women’s Equality

Published on 27 November 2018

In this special issue of Feminist Dissent, we are calling for a new interpretive framework that recognises the multiple genealogies that have contributed to binary constructs of the Western/secular versus the authentic/religious; takes into account the different power positionalities of those engaging in global and national struggles temporally and spatially; challenges the static binarism of religious versus secular that obfuscates the plurality of framings and identities around which women and men mobilise for social justice and does not shy away from the question of accountability for equality outcomes.

Table of contents

Challenging Binaries to Promote Women’s Equality – Introduction to Special Issue
Mariz Tadros and Ayesha Khan

Women, Feminism and Politics in Post-Revolution Tunisia: Framings, Accountability and Agency on Shifting Grounds
Amel Grami

The Pitfalls of Disentangling Women’s Agency from Accountability for Gender Equality Outcomes: The Case of Egypt
Mariz Tadros

Travelling Critique Anti-imperialism, Gender and Rights Discourses
Hoda Elsadda

Culture/ Religion/ Tradition vs Modern/ Secular/ Foreign Implications of Binary Framings for Women’s Rights in Nigeria
Chitra Nagarajan

This Is Not A Feminist Poem
Wana Udobang

Moving Beyond the Binary Gender-based Activism in Pakistan
Ayesha Khan, Nida Kirmani

We Sinful Women
Kishwar Naheed

Binary Framings, Islam and Struggle for Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh
Sohela Nazneen

Excerpts from the writings of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Rokeya Hossain

Azza Karam on the implications of binary framings for western actors
Azza Karam

Hina Jilani on the value of the rights discourse in the context of political Islam: Excerpts from an interview with Ayesha Khan
Hina Jilani, Khan Ayesha

Who are the liberators of Raqqa?
Rahila Gupta


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Tadros, M. and Khan, A. (2018) Challenging Binaries to promote Women's Equality. Feminist Dissent, (3), 1-22


Sohela Nazneen

Research Fellow


Mariz Tadros

Director (CREID)

Jenny Edwards

Project Manager

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Warwick University
Ayesha Khan
Feminist Dissent, volume 2018, issue 3


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