Gender

Learning from experience: A gendered approach for workers in the informal economy

To help expand the focus of the social protection debate to include the informal sector, particularly women workers, the ILO global programme STEP, "Strategies and Tools against Social Exclusion and Poverty" and the global network called Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) co-organized a workshop entitled “Social Protection for Women in the Informal Sector” in December 1999 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Has Gender Mainstreaming Failed? A Comment on International Development Agency Experiences in the South

This article addresses the public policy concept of gender mainstreaming and the extent of its efficacy since the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (PfA) and the UN's adoption thereof in 1997. In addition, it seeks to contribute the the debate by reviewing the gender mainstreaming experiences of a specific group of institutions, rather than one government or organisation.

Gender equality at the heart of decent work

This report has three aims: reviewing the ILO’s progress in assisting constituents to achieve gender equality in the world of work; highlighting its current efforts to implement International Labour Conference (ILC) resolutions and Governing Body decisions on promoting gender equality and mainstreaming it in the Decent Work Agenda; and providing background for constituents to chart a strategic course for future work. The report makes the case for scaling up measures to eliminate sex discrimination in the world of work and highlights ILO interventions in all regions.

Gender and Disability in the Arab Region: The Challenges in the New Millennium

The study upon which this article is based analyzes the status of Arab women in general, gender relations in the Middle East, and the situation of Arab women with disabilities, based on available disability statistics from a few selected countries and the author's observations during her 13-year living experience in Baghdad, Amman, and Beirut. The status of women varies from one society to another; however, everywhere disability poses additional challenges for women.

Working Paper No. 481: Feminist Knowledge and Human Security: Bridging Rifts Through the Epistemology of Care

This essay proposes to re-orient feminist debates on epistemology towards the care-security nexus as a pathway that can plausibly provide an integral understanding of a human-centred and eco-minded security. Seeing ‘gender’ in binary terms tends to produce an understanding of ‘care’ as ‘female’ and ‘security’ as ‘male’. Care, when free from the constraints of gender as a binary construct, can play an important role in revealing the depth of ethical-political concerns and help expand the understanding of security.

Evolving Men: Initial Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) is a comprehensive household questionnaire on men’s attitudes and practices – along with women’s opinions and reports of men’s practices – on a wide variety of topics related to gender equality. From 2009 to 2010, household surveys were administered to more than 8,000 men and 3,500 women ages 18-59 in Brazil, Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico and Rwanda.

Engaging Men to Prevent Gender-Based Violence: A Multi-Country Intervention and Impact Evaluation Study

Over the span of three years, Instituto Promundo, with support from the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, implemented a multi-country project to engage men and boys in preventing violence against women and promote gender equality. Project activities in each country varied but all included educational workshops with men and young men on gender equity and training programs with partner staff on evidence-based methodologies for the prevention of violence against women.

Working Paper No. 459: Development Ethics Through the Lenses of Caring, Gender, and Human Security

This paper explores some faces of globalization by using a gender perspective, in order to consider reproduction (psychological and emotional as well as biological) and the activities and attitudes of care that give moral resources for response to systemic tragedy, not only for identifying and understanding it. There now exist globally interconnected systems of vulnerability and capability, for which matching systems of human security, care and responsibility are needed in order to protect human dignity.

Community of Practice in Building Referral System for Women Victims of Violence

This document is the outcome of a workshop organised by UNRWA on the 31st of March 2010 on “Community of Practice in Building Referral Systems for Women Victims of Violence”. It summarizes and reflects on the presentations and discussions made during the workshop to develop lessons learned based on shared experiences of a Community of Practitioners.

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