Without contesting the idea that many Muslim girls around the world do constitute victims in very real ways. In this chapter, I want to raise a different set of questions. What does it mean when powerful actors in western-based international NGOs recognize the Muslim village girl as the ultimate savable victim? What gendered and racialized logics are at play in this category's strategic deployment, and what are their tangible effects for both NGOs and village girls who receive aid?
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Sweis, Rania Kassab. "Do Muslim Village Girls Need Saving?: Critical Reflections on Gender and Childhood Suffering in International Aid." In The Global Status of Women and Girls: A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited by Lori J. Underwood and Dawn L. Hutchinson, 105-114. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2017.