How do we make sure that SSR actually transforms the post-conflict military in a way which makes gender-based discrimination visible and gender-equality possible? Nina Wilén argues that it is necessary to look at gender norms and experiences from the private, non-official sphere in order to transform the public and establish a more gender-equal security sector.Read More
Feminist work has always been important, but it seems, with the growing backlash against ‘gender ideology’ and an increasing refusal to identify as feminist, that it is increasingly so. Most important will be to clarify the core message(s) of the feminisms’ varied politics: highlighting gendered power structures and norms.Read More
When Chechnya’s president Ramzan Kadyrov, in response to reports in 2017 about a wave of anti-LGBT persecution, publically denied the existence of gay people in the republic – echoing the claims made by Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University in 2007 that “in Iran we do not have homosexuals” – such efforts by state leaders to erase queers from the national narrative ironically draw global attention to precisely the category of people whose existence is denied.Read More
Since the end of World War II—and particularly since the early 1990s—the world’s national legislatures have experienced (some gradual, others quite dramatic) rises in levels of women’s descriptive representation.
But - there is no simple link between descriptive representation, on one hand, and women’s leadership, substantive representation, or equality within legislatures, on the other. Women who overcome barriers to election often encounter new obstacles once they take their parliamentary seats.
Questions such as “what does it take for a state like Brazil to be taken seriously as a ‘strong’ and ‘responsible’ political actor?” and “what are the obstacles to the making of a world in which solidarity can be ranked as a strong quality of those who seek recognition, voice and power?” are intrinsically connected. An exploration of those questions may help us to tackle the limitations in our vocabulary for the recognition of broader feminist agendas in political spaces, especially when we define as feminist any agendas that challenge the alleged neutrality of concepts and/or norms that so often favors the classification of a particular set of qualities as superior and more ‘appropriate’ for the performance of a given role.Read More
In the context of the “global land grab,” both international institutions and activists look for ways to protect the land rights of rural peoples. However, in her recent IFJP article, Andrea M. Collins points out that we also need to think about how women are uniquely impacted by land use changes – and neither institutions nor activists have it fully figured out…