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date: 22 October 2020

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Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, founded in 1984, is an international network of feminist scholars, researchers, and activists from the global South whose mission is to work for economic and gender justice as well as sustainable and democratic development. DAWN also provides a forum for feminist research, analysis, and advocacy on global economic, social, and political issues affecting women, particularly poor and marginalized women in the global South. When DAWN was formed, feminism was generally associated with white, middle-class women from Europe and North America. This chapter discusses the context in which DAWN emerged, focusing on women’s activism in the anticolonial struggles of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the UN Decade for Women (1976–1985), and feminist scholarship. It also addresses the evolution of DAWN’s programs and organizational structure, lessons that could be learned from its three decades of experience, and its continuing relevance.

Keywords: DAWN, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, South, justice, development, women, feminism, women’s activism, UN Decade for Women, feminist scholarship

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