Globalization, Engendered Knowledge systems and Strategies for Women’s Empowerment

Buskens, Ineke. 2009. “Globalization, Engendered Knowledge systems and Strategies for Women’s Empowerment,” (Arabic version) presentation for the Second International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender in Science and Development, Aden, 12-14 December.

The first point I want to make is that we are all knowledge constructors, whether we have embraced knowledge construction as our profession, as most academic researchers have, or not. Human beings cannot help but be knowledge constructors; we are designed/created that way. We not only construct knowledge all the time, we are permeated by it; it is the air we breathe. I sometimes think of us as “thought in a thought-based universe operating our bodies as vehicles for our expressions and experiences”. Of course, when we have incorrect information or are in an emotionally unstable state, we will construct invalid, erroneous and dysfunctional knowledge. I have witnessed this a lot since the type of research I do enables me to…

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