Our Sisters from Stable Countries: Globalization, Gender and Accountability

Social Politics, Vol. 10, pp. 256-283, 2003

41 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2010

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Audrey Macklin

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

The author explores linkages between the transnational activities of a Canadian oil company operating in Sudan and the human rights and humanitarian violations committed by the Government of Sudan against the people of Southern Sudan in the course of the ongoing civil war. The specific impact of the armed conflict on women is recounted in microcosm through a meeting between the author, a member of a fact finding mission to Sudan, and a group of Nuer women. The encounter also provides an opportunity to query and theorize strategies deployed within a context of profound asymmetries of power. These discursive appeals are designed to generate both solidarity and accountability among women for the violation of fundamental human rights. The author warns against attributing fixed and invariant meanings to particular tropes (such as sisterhood), and argues instead for an evaluation that takes into account the specific context within which discourses are deployed, including the position and agency of the speaker in relation to the listener.

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Suggested Citation

Macklin, Audrey, Our Sisters from Stable Countries: Globalization, Gender and Accountability (2003). Social Politics, Vol. 10, pp. 256-283, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1631446

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