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Addressing collective action problems in Melanesia: the Northern Islands Market Vendors' Association in Vanuatu

Barbara, Julien; Baker, Kerryn


This article presents case study findings on the Vanuatu-based Northern Islands Market Vendors’ Association (NIMVA) as a vehicle for women-led collective action. While NIMVA’s existence and organisational strength challenges existing political norms, strong gender norms restricting the role of women in society and politics continue to marginalise its capacity to participate politically and pursue transformative change. Using a “permitted empowerment” frame, the article assesses...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Development in Practice
DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2020.1763918


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