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In defense of world social forum VII

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This chapter focuses on the most recent World Social Forum (WSF), held in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2007. Participants criticized the Kenyan Organizing Committee for permitting corporate involvement, the limited access to the forum by Kenya's poor, and over-representation of non-governmental organization (NGOs) and religious organizations. The chapter begins by presenting the roots of the WSF and eventually describes with the achievements of the most recent edition of the WSF held in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2007. The success of the World Social Forum lies in its ability to reinvent itself. The 7th edition of the Forum demonstrated this in various fields but most notably in terms of gender and feminism. The Feminist Dialogues frame their discussions in terms of fundamentalisms: older, religious-based fundamentalisms and newer, economic ones to conceptualize the injustices women experience globally.

Keywords: feminist dialogues; political economic analysis; World Social Forum (WSF)



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