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New FEMCIT article published in NORA Special Issue

A new article with the title “Gendered Citizenship in a Multi-Dimensional Perspective: The Challenges Facing Norway within the Nordic Model”
(co-authored by Sevil Sümer, Beatrice Halsaa and Sasha Roseneil) is recently published in NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Volume 22, Number 4: Special issue on Gender Equality, Nationalism and Welfare: Intersectional contestations and the politics of belonging.

You can find the article online at the following link:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08038740.2014.964769


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Publications from FEMCIT keep on coming!
Femcit Nicky Le Feuvre and Sasha Roseneil have just had an article published in the journal Social Politics:
Entanglements of Economic and Intimate Citizenship: Individualization and Gender (In)Equality in a Changing Europe‘.And the Work Package 6 team recently published ‘Living Apart Relationships in Contemporary Europe: Accounts of Togetherness and Apartness‘ in the journal Sociology (Mariya Stoilova, Sasha Roseneil, Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund and Ana Cristina Santos)

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New Book based on FEMCIT findings

A new Norwegian anthology with contributions based on the FEMCIT project has just been published: Krysningspunkter. Likestillingspolitikk i et flerkulturelt Norge (Intersections. Gender equality policies in a multicultural Norway), Beret Bråten and Cecilie Thun, eds. Oslo, Akademika forlag 2013.
The anthology asks how gender equality policy and women’s organisations encounter ethnic and religious diversity. Does state feminism, the combination of voices from below and recognition from above, survive?

The FEMCIT-related chapters are;
Chapter 3, Beatrice Halsaa: «Muligheter for mobilisering: stat og kvinnebevegelse» (Possibilities for mobilisation: the state and women’s movements);
Chapter 8, Beatrice Halsaa «Mobilisering av svart og samisk feminisme» (Mobilisation of Sami and and black feminism);
Chapter 9, Cecilie Thun: «Grenser for kvinnesak. Norsk kvinnebevegelse på 2000-tallet»  (Limits to feminism. Norwegian women’s movement towards in the 21st century),
and Chapter 10, madeleine kennedy-macfoy: «På vei mot politisk medborgerskap? Kvinner med afrikansk bakgrunn i Norge.» (Towards political citizenship? Women with African background in Norway).


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The third book in the «Citizenship, Gender and Diversity» book series is published
FEMCIT researcher Ana Cristina Santos is the author of the book “Social Movements and Sexual Citizenship in Southern Europe” which is the third book in the series “Citizenship, Gender and Diversity” (Series editors: Halsaa, Roseneil & Sümer)

The book explores the relationship between social movements, sexual citizenship and change in the context of Southern Europe. Providing a comparative analysis about LGBT issues in Italy, Spain and Portugal, it discusses how activism can generate political, legal and cultural change.

For more information about the book see:
http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=488637

The publication  will be celebrated by a book launch in London arranged by Birkbeck Institute for Social research on 17 January 2013.


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Citizenship, Gender and Diversity Seminar and Book Launch
You are invited to a seminar to mark the launch of a major new trans-European feminist book series – Citizenship, Gender and Diversity – published by Palgrave and edited by Beatrice Halsaa, Sasha Roseneil and Sevil Sümer. The seminar takes place Friday 28 September 2012 at Birkbeck, University of London (Room 101, 30 Russell Square).

The seminar will present the first two books in the series, which both emanate from the FEMCIT project, an EU FP6 integrated project which ran from 2007-2011:

Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women’s movements, gender and diversity (eds. Beatrice Halsaa, Sasha Roseneil and Sevil Sümer)
&
Majority-Minority Relations in Contemporary Women’s Movements: Strategic Sisterhood (Line Nyhagen Predelli and Beatrice Halsaa)

Leading feminist scholars, Nickie Charles, Gabriele Griffin, Gail Lewis, Ann Phillips and Nira Yuval Davis, will offer their responses to the issues raised by the two books, and the seminar will be followed by a celebratory drinks reception.

Please join us for an afternoon of stimulating talks about citizenship and women’s movements in multicultural Europe.

Programme
1.00-1.30:        Arrival and lunch
1.30-3.00:        Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe
Short talks by editors and authors, followed by discussion
•         Introduction to the book – Beatrice Halsaa (University of Oslo), Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck, University of London), Sevil Sumer (University of Bergen)
•         Rethinking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe – Sabine Strasser (University of Vienna)
•         Remaking Intimate Citizenship in Multicultural Europe – Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck, University of London)
•         Remaking Social Citizenship in Multicultural Europe – Solveig Bergman (University of Oslo)
•         Remaking Bodily Citizenship in Multicultural Europe – Joyce Outshoorn (University of Leiden)
•         Remaking Political Citizenship in Multicultural Europe – Monica Threlfall (London Metropolitan University)
•         Remaking Citizenship from the Margins – madeleine kennedy-macfoy (University of Oslo)
3.00-3.15:        Tea break
3.15-3.45:        Minority-Majority Relations in Contemporary Women’s Movements
Short talk by Line Nyhagen Predelli (Loughborough University) and Beatrice Halsaa (University of Oslo), followed by discussion
3.45-5.00:        Invited Panel – Responses to the Books
•         Nickie Charles (University of Warwick)
•         Gabriele Griffin (University of York)
•         Gail Lewis (Open University)
•         Ann Phillips (London School of Economics) (tbc)
•         Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London)
5.00-6.00:        Drinks Reception to Launch the Books

Registration is free, but essential. To register, please visit http://citizenshipgenderdiversity.eventbrite.co.uk/
The seminar is sponsored by the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, the University of Leiden, the University of Oslo and Loughborough University.

For more information about the series see: http://www.palgrave.com/products/Series.aspx?s=FEMCIT


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FEMCIT is top rated in its final review report
FEMCIT project is evaluated by three independent reviewers of the European Commission and is assessed as a highly succesful and active project that has fully achieved its objectives. FEMCIT is especially praised for its intensive dissemination to the academic community and high quality publications, as documented in our final dissemination report.

The FEMCIT Final report provides an overview of FEMCIT results on multidimensional citizenship and women’s movements and a summary of our new knowledge and conceptualisations. Main findings that have significant policy implications include the relative importance of rights vs. citizenship discourse in social movement contexts; the question of how gender equality should be interpreted; implications of welfare to workfare regimes for issues such as day-care vs. home care; measures to stimulate an improvement in cooperation between minorty and majority civil society organizations. You can download the FEMCIT Final Report here.


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Remaking Citizenship: Women’s Movements, Gender, Diversity
The achievements of FEMCIT were celebrated during an international conference “Remaking Citizenship: Women’s Movements, Gender, Diversity”, at the University of Olso, on 20 January 2011, marking the official end of the project. A series of inspiring opening speeches created the perfect launch for the event: The Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education, Tora Aasland, and the Vice-Rector of the University of Oslo, Doris Jorde, both stressed the importance of the issues raised by FEMCIT in an increasingly competitive international academic environment, where questions of gender equality and diversity are becoming more important than ever before.

Simona Ardovino, FEMCIT Scientific Officer at the European Commission (DG Research) highlighted the importance of translating the FEMCIT research results into policy recommendations that could have a real impact on debates around citizenship issues in the future. This is precisely the aim of the FEMCIT Manifesto, presented by Sasha Rosneil and which can be downloaded from the FEMCIT web site.

A first plenary session offered the opportunity to present some of the FEMCIT results to a wide audience, composed of over one hundred students, academics, activists and policy makers. FEMCIT Scientific Director, Beatrice Halsaa, opened the floor with a masterful summary of the theoretical and analytical ambitions that led to the conception of the project, back in 2007, and recounted the strengths that have enabled over 40 European researchers to work together so productively on the project over the past four years. Before a panel of international experts (Joanna Regulska, Rutgers University ; Birte Siim, Aalborg University ; Jeff Hearn, Linköping University / Hanken School of Economics and Diana Mulinari, Lund University), a sample of just some of the contributions from the project to the « remaking of citizenship » were presented by the work-package leaders, along with presentations from Hilda Rømer Christensen, on citizenship and gender mainstreaming, and from madeleine kennedy-macfoy, on minority and immigrant women’s organisations in Brussels, London and Oslo. The discussants provided insightful comments on the difficulties that such an ambitious project has had to overcome and shared their enthusiastic impressions about the most successful aspects of the FEMCIT project.

The afternoon offered the opportunity for a more detailed presentation of the FEMCIT research results, when each of the work-packages highlighted their main findings in six parallel paper sessions. Covering the whole breadth of the multi-dimensional approach to citizenship that has been at the heart of the FEMCIT project, these sessions led to fruitful discussion and exchange with the participants, many of whom were eager to learn more about the project by reading the FEMCIT working papers and publications, including the anthology Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: Women’s movements, gender and diversity (eds. Beatrice Halsaa, Sasha Roseneil and Sevil Sümer), to be published by Palgrave in 2011.


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FEMCIT Manifesto
The FEMCIT MANIFESTO for Multi-Dimensional Citizenship was launched during the FEMCIT Final Conference in Oslo, January 20, 2011.

The Manifesto presents some of the most pressing claims and demands of women’s movements and feminist researchers in Europe today.

The Manifesto can be downloaded here.

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FEMCIT Final Conference – Remaking Citizenship: Women’s Movements, Gender, Diversity, University of Oslo, 20 January 2011
• How have women’s movements contributed to transforming citizenship in contemporary multi-cultural Europe?
• What new understandings do we have of citizenship as a multi-dimensional field of rights and responsibilities?
• What new forms of gendered and racialized inclusion and exclusion, belonging and alienation are in evidence across Europe?
• How are the policies of states, and the practices of ordinary people in their everyday lives, remaking citizenship in the early 21st century?

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FEMCIT had a lively dissemination seminar in Brussels!
The FEMCIT dissemination seminar took place at the Amphitheatre of the European Commission Building at Madou, in Brussels on 23 September 2010. The seminar was targeted at audiences beyond academia, to communicate some of the policy implications of the FEMCIT research to policy-makers, bureaucrats and NGOs. Around 50 people participated in the event.

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Agenda for FEMCIT Dissemination Seminar in Brussels, 23 September 2010
Please register your participation to the seminar by September 10th. The FEMCIT Dissemination Seminar will take place at the European Commission Building Madou on September 23rd. The seminar is designed to bring together policy makers, politicians, NGOs, and researchers to discuss central questions of current European policy-making.

FEMCIT researchers will present the key findings, drawing on their extensive research exploring six dimensions of citizenship: political, social, economic, ethnic/religious, bodily and intimate citizenship. The presentations will be followed by commentaries from a high profile panel of experts.

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Women and Social Citizenship in Czech Society: Continuity and Change
FEMCIT Researchers Hana Hašková and Zuzana Uhde are editors of Women and Social Citizenship in Czech Society: Continuity and Change. Praha: Sociologický ústav AV CR, v.v.i. 2009.

Two other FEMCIT researchers, Radka Dudová and Katerina Pulkrábková have also contributed to the book with a chapter each.

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CONFERENCE: BEYOND CITIZENSHIP: FEMINISM AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF BELONGING – UPDATED
Abstracts can be downloaded below.

An international, interdisciplinary conference at Birkbeck, University of London 30 June – 2 July 2010

Plenary speakers: Sara Ahmed Davina Cooper Krassimira Daskalova Antke Engel Katherine Gibson Rebecca Gomperts Gail Lewis Lynne Segal Margrit Shildrick Birte Siim Gloria Wekker Anna Yeatman

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FEMCIT signs book contracts with Palgrave Macmillan
Now in our final year, the FEMCIT researchers are busy analyzing data, writing up research findings, and giving papers and talks all over Europe and beyond. We are very pleased to have recently signed a contract with the publisher Palgrave Macmillan for an edited volume based on the FEMCIT project as a whole.

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FEMCIT researchers appointed to committee that will review Norwegian equality policy
The Norwegian Government has recently appointed a new national committee that over a two-year period will review Norwegian equality policy from an intersectional perspective based on gender, the life course, ethnicity, and class. The committee will also consider immigration and religion in relation to gender equality. The aim of the review is to establish the foundation for a comprehensive and knowledge-based equality policy for the future.

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Europe’s Social Situation: towards a more inclusive view
Leader of FEMCIT WP1 – Political Citizenship, Monica Threlfall, has just published a report entitled “Europe’s Social Situation: towards a more inclusive view”.

With funding from the European Commission London Office, she brought together leaders of key British social stakeholder groups to voice their views.

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BEYOND CITIZENSHIP: FEMINISM AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF BELONGING
Deadline for the Call for Papers is December 1st, 2009: The language of citizenship has, in recent years, been mobilized by feminists to articulate a wide range of claims and demands. The notions of economic, political, social, cultural, sexual/ bodily, and intimate citizenship, for example, have all been developed and explored in terms of their normative potential and their actual realization.

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A plurality of feminist voices – or restrained sisterhood?
A lively dissemination of FEMCIT Work Package 4 research to end-users took place at the ‘Litteraturhuset’ (House of Literature) in Oslo on October 15th, on the occasion of a seminar celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Norwegian Women’s Rights Organisation (Norsk Kvinnesaksforening).

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Gender and Politics Award to Professor Joyce Outshoorn
FEMCIT is proud to announce that one of our partners, Joyce Outshoorn, was the first recipient along with Professor Joni Lovenduski of the newly launched Gender and Politics Award of the European Consortium of Political Research Standing Group on Gender and Politics, convened by Karen Celis and Johanna Kantola.

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FEMCIT Annual Meeting in Istanbul,16-18 September 2009
Thirty-five FEMCIT researchers came together for the annual meeting in Istanbul which mainly focused on the question of how to proceed with integrative analysis in FEMCIT. The meeting started with individual Work Package meetings in which all the seven scientific Work Packages gathered in small groups. The entire FEMCIT group came together at lunch which took place at the top floor of our conference Hotel offering a great view of the old-city in Istanbul.

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FEMCIT PhD Course on Intersectionality, Warsaw, 15-18 June 2009.
Greta Gober: The second PhD course organized by FEMCIT for PhD students connected with its programme of research, took place in Warsaw, Poland, and was hosted by University of Warsaw and Prof. Malgorzata Fuszara the Director of the Institute of Applied Social Science and Gender Studies.

Dorota Orlowska, and Malgorzata Awdziejczyk on behalf of University of Warsaw helped with the organization in Warsaw. Dr. Sevil Sümer and Siren Høgtun from Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies, Unifob AS, were coordinating the whole event.

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Interview with the local host of the second FEMCIT PhD Course: Malgorzata Fuszara
Greta Gober interviewed the local organizer of the second FEMCIT PhD Course in Warsaw in the final day of the course. Malgorzata Fuszara is a professor at Warsaw University and Director of the Gender Studies Program at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw. She has lectured at: University of Warsaw, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, and Institute of Sociology of Law in Oniati, Spain. She is a member of the Advisory board of “Signs. Journal of Women in Culture and Society”, member of international editorial board of the European Journal of Women’s Studies, Co-editor of “Katedra” Gender Studies Quarterly and member of the board of International Institute of Sociology of Law, Oniati (Spain).

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FEMCIT Roundtable in the European Feminist Research Conference
The 7th European Feminist Research Conference “Gendered Cultures at the Crossroads of Imagination, Knowledge and Politics” took place in Utrecht, June 4-7, 2009. FEMCIT was thoroughly presented in a roundtable discussion chaired by Solveig Bergman. In her introduction, FEMCIT Scientific Director and WP7 leader Beatrice Halsaa talked about ‘the FEMCIT project’ and ‘doing feminism across ethnic divides’.

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FEMCIT researchers at 1st European Conference on Politics and Gender
Around two hundred and fifty gender and politics scholars met for exciting discussions of new research at the 1st European Conference on Politics and Gender in Belfast, 21-23 January 2009. A good number of FEMCIT researchers took the opportunity to present their work and engage with the wider research community.

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FEMCIT PhD Course, Warsaw, 15-18 June 2009 – call for participants – updated information!
Intersectional Perspectives on Gendered Citizenship

The second PhD Course offered by the EU-funded project “FEMCIT: Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: The Impact of Contemporary Women’s movements” will focus on intersectional perspectives in relation to gendered citizenship.

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Conceptual Discussions in Toulouse
Two long sessions were devoted to discussing two core concepts of the FEMCIT project with the overall purpose of “moving towards the FEMCIT position” in relation to these terms. The first session focused on “the impact of women’s movements” which is the original subtitle of our project. Teresa Kulawik and Joyce Outshoorn opened the discussions on the first day with their interesting commentaries. Outshoorn opened her talk with a concrete example of feminist activism and discussed issues related to short-term and long-term effects and “unintended consequences” of this event.

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FEMCIT Annual Meeting in Toulouse
FEMCITs Annual Meeting 12 – 14 November 2008 was hosted by FEMCIT Partner University of Toulouse-le Mirail and took place in beautiful Toulouse, France. During this annual meeting FEMCIT researchers got the opportunity to discuss key FEMCIT concepts such as “the impact of women’s movements” and “the architecture of gender-fair citizenship.” Joyce Outshoorn, Teresa Kulawik, Monica Threlfall and Malgorzata Fuszara presented interesting opening commentaries that were further discussed in small groups.

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Postdoc to play a key role in the process of integrating FEMCIT workpackages
madeleine kennedy-macfoy started her postdoc at the Centre for Gender Studies (STK) at the University of Oslo on August 18th 2008. Her research forms an integral part of the overall FEMCIT project, insofar as it is focussed on minoritised women’s efforts to mobilise, organise and make demands for gender-fair, multicultural citizenship in European contexts.

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New coordinator in FEMCIT
Sociologist Sevil Sümer started on August 15, 2008 at Rokkansenteret, and she has taken over the task of coordinating FEMCIT for the remaining 28 months of the project. Sevil Sümer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen. She was born in Istanbul and had her first BA in Business Administration at Bogaziçi University in Turkey. In 1991 she traveled to Norway with a scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Sociology. In 2002 she received her PhD in sociology at the University of Bergen with the dissertation “Global Issues/Local Troubles: A Comparative Study of Turkish and Norwegian Urban Dual-Earner Couples.”

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Women’s Worlds 2008 – Madrid, Spain
Women’s Worlds 2008 is over, attracting almost 3000 scholars from all over the world. The theme for the conference was ‘La Igualdad no es una Utopia’, in English ‘Equality is not a Utopia’. Several FEMCIT researchers attended the conference, and also participated in three panels.

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PhD course in Prague
In the second week of June, twenty students (from all over Europe), and eight teachers (from the FEMCIT project) gathered for a PhD course in the beautiful city of Prague. The title of the course was ”Researching Gendered Citizenship and Women’s Movements in Multicultural Europe”, and the days were filled with discussions of interesting student papers, memory work and lectures on women’s movements and feminism. Our guest lecturer was professor Hana Havelkova, who analyzed women’s organizing in the Czech republic and discussed what has been going on in the four decades since 1968. The FEMCIT partner Hana Haskova had organized the event in Prague extremely well, and the Czech Academy of Science’s wonderful Villa Lana set a pleasant tone for the course.

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Work Package 6 is in the field!
Intimate Citizenship
Fieldwork is underway in workpackage 6.
The “Intimate Citizenship” research team spent an intensive 5 days being trained in the biographical narrative interpretive method (BNIM), by its originators, Tom Wengraf and Prue Chamberlyne, in early February. We practised our interview technique, honed our initial “narrative inducing question”, and experimented with the distinctive BNIM two stage process of group analysis of interview data. We also had some lively lunch breaks discussing the pros and cons of the method!
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FEMCIT at Women’s World in Madrid
FEMCIT researchers will present at different events at the 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress of Women, MUNDOS DE MUJERES/ WOMEN’S WORLDS 2008. This large conference will take place in Madrid, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 3 – 9 July, 2008. The conference is organized by The Worldwide Organization for Women’s Studies (WOWS), a federation of associations concerned with studies related to women and gender. Its aim is to establish, promote and support feminist knowledge and critiques of knowledge while also seeking to improve women’s quality of life. You can meet FEMCIT researchers at the following events:

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WP 4 – Workingpaper No.1: Register of organizations and networks with a gender profile in Norway 1990-2008
Researchers on WP 4 have published a workingpaper which is a register of organizations and networks with a gender profile in Norway 1990-2008. >more

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FEMCIT PhD Course and Workshop in Prague, Czech Republic, June 10 – 13, 2008
The first FEMCIT PhD course will be held at Villa Lanna in Prague and is an opportunity for PhD students and teachers to focus on theoretical and methodological issues which are relevant to FEMCIT.

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Unravelling the secrets of Spare Rib and other women’s movement publications
Claire Daly: The Femcit research team will use women’s movement publications from different European countries to look at how ‘work’ has been framed as a concept within the women’s movement. They will use the magazines as empirical evidence to consider women’s rights through work and welfare in different national and historical contexts.

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FEMCIT meeting at Cumberland Lodge
FEMCIT held its annual meeting at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Park, 19 – 21 September 2007. All the partners participated in the productive and interesting days in the wonderful surroundings of the great park.

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