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

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John Hume Boardroom, Third Floor, John Hume Building (North Campus)

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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.

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