Power and Empowerment

In this chapter, the authors attempt to demystify and reveal the many faces of power. It looks at power as an individual, collective and political force that can either undermine or empower citizens and their organizations. It is a force that alternatively can facilitate, hasten or halt the process of change promoted through advocacy. For this discussion the authors draw on practical experience and theory, particularly related to poverty and women’s rights where power has been analyzed from the vantage point of subordination and discrimination.