Shirin M. Rai
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Looking forward

This chapter provides an overview of the main issues raised by the contributors of national machineries. These include both the success stories of, and the challenges faced by, national machineries for women. The chapter examines the issue of accountability of national machineries themselves as a means of strengthening machinery-civil society relations which in turn may strengthen the position of the machinery within the state structure. It can be argued that the legitimacy of national machineries is an important political capital. In support of increasing autonomy for national machineries, it could be argued that a mainstreaming of gender agendas requires negotiating across ministries, sectors of government bureaucracy and with civil society organizations. The chapter summarizes the lessons learnt from the various case studies in this book and determines what may be an enabling environment for national machineries.

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