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Political-Social Movements: Feminist: Caucasus
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Caucasian peoples tend to enjoy a collectivist type of culture. Hence, unlike the feminist movements of the West, women's rights activism has not taken the shape of movements centered on women's individual rights.

During the Soviet period equality between women and men was advocated by the official ideology and legislation. The highest management body, the Supreme Soviet, had quotas of between 38 and 40 percent for women deputies. In 1948 the only official women's organization, the Women's Council, was founded, with centralized…

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Tsereteli, Mzia, “Political-Social Movements: Feminist: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0129c>
First published online: 2009

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