Shirin M. Rai
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book reflects Division for the Advancement of Women's (DAW) long-standing interest in the area of national machineries, and brings together the experiences, research and insights of experts. It also reflects upon the ways in which the move from focusing on women to gender has opened up the issue of gender analysis for policy making. The book explores the theme of the importance of the political role of women's movements within the context of the national machinery of the Philippines. It examines the successful experience of Nordic countries in gender mainstreaming. The book argues that 'the work of the National Commission for Women provides a useful focal point not only to address specific policy issues but it also allows us to raise the broader issues of differences among women'.

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