Camilla Orjuela (University of Gothenburg)
Swati Parashar (University of Gothenburg)
Title & Content:
Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
SDG Goal 5 advocates achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls globally. This goal has been emphasized in global governance initiatives, national programs and policies and in the transnational women’s rights and feminist movements. In recent years, sustained focus on structural and physical violence against women, girls and gender minorities has yielded good indicators (of diminishing discrimination in some fields) but overall gender inequalities continue to deny basic rights and opportunities to a large number of women, girls and the LGBTQ community in particular. Patriarchal socio-cultural norms, discriminatory economic policies and practices and absence of legal frameworks, continue to obstruct gender equality in many parts of the globe. Political representation has increased, but violence against women and girls continues in many forms. Violence itself is poorly understood and gendered representations (read feminized) of mass atrocities such as famines, hamper the efforts to hold people accountable, seek justice and reparations. Peace processes exclude women and post conflict development, struggles to incorporate gender equality into the existing mandate and policies. The papers in this panel explore some of these issues of gender inequalities, through studies of women’s agricultural labor, gender based violence of women and children, sustainable development and gendered discourses of violence. The papers use a variety of case studies which are both methodologically and thematically diverse, representing a wide geographical canvass.