GENDER JUSTICE: AN ADEQUATE FRAME FOR THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN?

admin • 8 May 2018
in group DSA Ireland
Event date 1 Jun 13:00 - 17:00
Event location John Hume Board Room John Hume Building

The DSAI Gender Study Group invites you to: 
GENDER JUSTICE: AN ADEQUATE FRAME FOR THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN?

Date: 1st June   Time: 13.00- 1700

Venue:  John Hume Board Room,  Maynooth University,  Maynooth, Co. Kildare. 

Register for this free event here: https://gender-justice.eventbrite.ie
 

For some years now the concept of gender justice has been posed as the best overarching frame for the understanding of women and development, and in pursuit of the empowerment of women.The history of gender mainstreaming is now being reassessed and its limitations realised. For many it is a problem related to depolitisation whereby a technical fix is substituted for a genuine movement for social transformation.

There is a sense that the project for ‘gender justice’ has stalled due to the loss of credibility of the mainstreaming agenda, the failure of the human rights frame to take its place in a period of austerity, and an assault on the living standards of working women. A particular problem has been that of finding common ground between the gender equity policies, projects and programmes and the ongoing struggle to assert women’s right and combat inequality and oppression.

It is in this context of honest reflection and re-energising that we pose the need to interrogate the concept of gender justice from a contextual, conceptual and power-knowledge perspective.

We have invited a wide range of national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers to make a concerted effort, in a collegial atmosphere, to push the debate forward while informing each other from our very different subject positions.

We welcome active participants to this 'think-in' to share in this effort. Attendance is free but places are limited so please RSVP.

 

SPEAKERS

Marcela Lopez Levy is a development studies lecturer in the UK and a researcher with Latin American Bureau. She is author of a book on Argentina under the Kirchners: The legacy of left populism amongst other publications.

Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, PhD, Senior Advisor at the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands is a social anthropologist specialised in social development with a focus on gender and development. She has 30 years of experience in gender and development research, advisory work, teaching and training. Her most recent book is  Feminist Subversion and Complicity - Governmentalities and Gender Knowledge in South Asia

Fenella Porter is Gender Advisor for Oxfam UK, having previously  taught  on  the International Development MSc  at  Birkbeck  College,  University  of  London.
She is the author of the chapter on gender and NGOs in the Handbook of Development and Social Change.

Programme

12.30 - 13.00: Welcome and Light Lunch

hosted by Director of MUSSI, Linda Connolly

13.00 - 14.45: Round Table 1Gender Justice and Development Futures (Facilitator: G. Honor Fagan

13.10 - 13.40: Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay- Including gender or governing gender: gender and development futures

13.40 - 13.55: Claire McGing- Remedying a 'democratic deficit'? Electoral gender quotas after Beijing

13.55 – 14.15: Marcela López- NiUnaMenos in Argentina: the blossoming of a new political movement with deep roots in feminist organising and communication 

14.45 - 15.00: Coffee Break

15.00 - 16.45: Round Table 2:  Gender Justice and Development Interventions (Facilitator: Angela Veale)

15.05 - 15.25: Fenella PorterThe discursive landscape of non-governmental action in development: the inevitable failure of international NGO’s to represent the interests of women? 

15.25 - 15.40: Carol Ballantine- The personal is still the political: evidence of partner violence during conflict in South Sudan 

15.40 - 15.55: Vanessa Liston- Measurement, data and gender injustice - current approaches and the value of social perspectives 

15.55 - 16.10: Tanja Kleibl- Do Western approaches to development de-legitimize women's resistance through "empowerment"?

16.45: Book Launch and Reception in MUSSI

 

Gender Justice Poster