Development 55.3 'Gender and economic justice' out now!

What is going on in today’s fierce world is not humane, nor is it sustainable’ Gita Sen.

This issue of Development, the quarterly journal of the Society for International Development  (SID), was produced in partnership with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) on the theme 'Gender and Economic Justice'. It captures the dynamic and creative responses of women’s movements as they confront deep economic and social inequalities of our floundering global economy. Authors from all world regions discuss the market, social reproduction, employment, taxation, state protection policies, environment and livelihoods along with the search for new economic models. The articles, many of which are based on interventions at the 2012 International AWID Forum on Women’s Rights and Development, set out the necessary institutional, social and political changes needed to transform economic power. 

The message of the journal is that transforming economic power is a key concern at this historical moment given the fragility of the current economic system and the shortcomings of the neo-liberal thinking. The journal draws clear connections between core women’s rights issues and the economy and more importantly as Cindy Clark and Lydia Alpízar Durán conclude in their introduction:

'Those interested in transforming economic power must be willing to get out of their comfort zones, to learn from others, to build solidarity and to revive that old feminist principle: we are not free, until all women are free, until all people are free.'

Table of contents | Editorial | Introduction to the journal


The Society for International Development  (SID) is a global network of individuals and institutions committed to the promotion of participative, pluralistic and sustainable development. Since its inception in 1957, SID has sought to facilitate dialogue between different development actors and bridge the gap between development theory and practice. The journal Development is SID’s flagship publication and has been published continuously for 55 years. It enjoys a broad readership within the development community and is published by Palgrave Macmillan on behalf of SID.


The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, feminist, membership organization committed to strengthening the voice, impact and influence of women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements internationally to effectively advance the rights of women. Every 3-4 years, AWID organizes the International Forum on Women's Rights and Development, the largest recurring event of its kind, bringing together women's rights leaders, donor agencies, development practitioners, grassroots leaders and activists from around the world to find collective solutions to advance gender equality and women’s rights. For more information on the 2012 Forum visit


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Gender and economic justice' will be officially launched by SID and AWID on the 26th of September, 5 pm, in New York at Beekman Tower Hotel, 49th & 1st, 3 Mitchell Place. Stefano Prato, Managing Director of SID and Managing Editor of the journal, and Lydia Alpízar Durán, Executive Director of AWID will introduce the conversation while journal authors Radhika Balakrishnan (Center for Womens Global Leadership) and Bhumika Muchhala (Third World Network) will present some of the key features of the journal.