The Global Status of Women and Girls: A Multidisciplinary Approach fosters inquiries into the complex and multifocal issues faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. It not only asks key questions related to public policy, but also it unearths the forces that created these current dilemmas. In her chapter, "Do Muslim Village Girl’s Need Saving?: Critical Reflections on Gender and the Suffering Child in International Aid," Rania Sweis poses the following 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 arc at play in this category's strategic deployment, and what arc their tangible effects for both NGOs and village girls who receive aid'? She argues that large-scale international aid projects that aim to speak for, uplift and save Muslim village girls in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa produce complex paradoxical effects, which can ultimately conflict with and even undermine NGO project goals.
Copyright © 2017 Lexington Books. This book chapter first appeared in The Global Status of Women and Girls : a Multidisciplinary Approach.
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Sweis, Rania. “Do Muslim Village Girl’s Need Saving?: Critical Reflections on Gender and the Suffering Child in International Aid.” In The Global Status of Women and Girls: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Lexington Books. Edited by Lori Underwood and Dawn Hutchinson, 105-114. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2017.