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Women's empowerment as a development goal : taking a feminist standpoint. / Mosedale, Sarah.

In: Journal of International Development, Vol. 26, No. 8, 11.2014, p. 1115-1125.

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Mosedale, S 2014, 'Women's empowerment as a development goal: taking a feminist standpoint', Journal of International Development, vol. 26, no. 8, pp. 1115-1125. https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.3050

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Mosedale, Sarah. / Women's empowerment as a development goal : taking a feminist standpoint. In: Journal of International Development. 2014 ; Vol. 26, No. 8. pp. 1115-1125.

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