Online launch of Development 53.2: Gender and Empowerment

Twenty years after the first publication of the UNDP Human Development report, the 2010 journal volume revisits the concept of human development. How can human development be revitalized to empower people to enact change? In a dynamic collection of original articles, commentaries and interviews the latest issue of Development Volume 53 number 2 rethinks human development through the lens of gender and empowerment. The journal issue working with the project Pathways of Empowerment (hosted at IDS Sussex) highlights the contentions and contestations that have accompanied the uptake of 'women's empowerment' by the development industry. Contributors reflect on their own personal and political engagement with the term and what it has come to represent, on the ways development institutions have taken up and used it, and its place in relation to wider development trends and goals. For the online launch of the issue, Yvonne Underhill-Sem and Nejra Cengic discuss the concept of women's empowerment, in response to Wendy Harcourt's editorial 'Lady Gaga meets Ban Ki Moon' .

The Editorial which has already been featured on the SID Forum with over 800 views to date, asks how the UN space can be made more relevant. It provocatively asks how to highlight the critical issues of gender and empowerment with the same success and honesty as icons of popular culture such as Lady Gaga Underhill-Sem in response below underlines that although it is important to acknowledge diverse ways in which empowerment can happen, this does not mean moving away from those institutions that continue to have an impact on women's rights. Cengic reflects further on how far we are still from women empowerment, arguing that the key question is not so much about the content of the UN gender equality agenda, but more about how it functions.

Lady Gaga meets Ban Ki-Moon, with interesting comments from gender experts and activists.

Gender and Empowerment: A conversation with Yvonne Underhill-Sem

Gender and Empowerment: A conversation with Nejra Cegic


More on this issue...

Table of Contents In the upfront section, gender experts of the Editorial board look at feminist responses to the systemic crises, taking up the theme of what kind of empowerment is possible in a time of crisis. In the thematic section, there is a collection of short articles generated from a series of interviews with gender activists which provide useful perspectives on empowerment in gender and development policy and practice. Coming out of the Pathways for Empowerment Programme articles in the local/global section look at diverse experiences and discourses of women's empowerment in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Brazil The issue also includes a collection of videos, photos, audio visuals and music on women's empowerment.

Development collection No. 4: Gender and Human development  See also FREE access to selected papers from the Development online archive on gender and human development.