An anti-politics machine homogenises its beneficiaries, depoliticises their rescue, and institutes its own constellation of political arrangements. Gender empowerment schemes in Nepal discursively contribute to the composite figure of the ‘Third World Woman’, depoliticise her liberation, and institute a political project that instrumentalises gender equality to service global capital. Formal development institutions make the anti-political machine material. These institutions are ontologically legitimated by centres of knowledge production in the Global North. Discourses from these institutions are democratised and commodified to private citizens, perpetuating the pervasive image of the Third World Woman among the popular imagination of the Global North. The anti-politics machine of gender empowerment schemes in Nepal is expansive.