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Back | Programme Area: Gender and Development (2000 - 2009), Special Events (2000 - 2009) | Event: Ford Foundation Launch - UNRISD Report on Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World


Ford Foundation Launch - UNRISD Report on Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World

  • Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Location: Auditorium, Ford Foundation Building, 320 E. 43rd St., New York, USA
  • Speakers: Amina Mama, Diane Elson, Anne Marie Goetz, Pregs Govender, Amrita Basu, Deniz Kandiyoti, Ching Kwan Lee, Frances Lund, Thandika Mkandawire , Shahra Razavi, Stephanie Seguino, Onalenna Doo Selolwane, Rosalba Todaro
  • Project Title: Policy Report on Gender and Development: 10 Years after Beijing

Speech by Deniz Kandiyoti


From Deniz Kandiyoti's speech...

"A common thread linking all the themes discussed in earlier sessions- gender and macro-economic policy, social policy and political representation- is the implicit assumption that some form of viable governance apparatus exists which may further or hinder gender equity and women’s rights. In post-conflict situations, it is from this central assumption that we must depart and thus enter into radically different territory.

In the short time available to me, I would like to discuss some of the gendered implications of post-conflict situations by means of illustrations from Afghanistan. My central contention is that the marginalization of women’s concerns and masculine ‘capture’ of institutional power may take extreme forms under conditions of state collapse. I shall elaborate on this contention by concentrating on three key features of societies emerging from protracted conflict or from situations of chronic conflict and insecurity."