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Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World

Based on the findings of UNRISD ongoing gender research and over 60 specially commissioned studies, the report’s analysis is centred on the economic and political reforms of the 1990s. If most of these reforms did not directly address gender equality, they nevertheless received considerable scrutiny from a gender perspective. And whatever their intentions, they had significant and mixed implications for gender relations and women’s well-being.

As its title alludes, achieving gender equality and gender justice will be very difficult in a world that is increasingly unequal. The report presents strong arguments for why gender equality must be placed at the core of efforts to reorient the development agenda. Indeed, if some of the key contemporary challenges (economic growth and structural transformation, equality and social protection, and democratization) are to be met, this is essential.

The full report is available, by chapters, in PDF format.

Contents, acknowledgements and preface
Chapter 1 - After Beijing: Uneven progress in an unequal world

Section 1: Macroeconomics, well-being and gender equality
Chapter 2 - Liberalization and deregulation: The route to gender equality?
Chapter 3 - Liberalization, labour markets and women’s gains: A mixed picture
Chapter 4 - Consolidating women’s gains: The need for a broader policy agenda

Section 2: Women, work and social policy
Chapter 5 - The feminization and informalization of labour
Chapter 6 - The changing terms of rural living
Chapter 7 - Cross-border migration of workers
Chapter 8 - The search for a new social policy agenda

Section 3: Women in politics and public life
Chapter 9 - Women in public office: A rising tide
Chapter 10 - Women mobilizing to reshape democracy
Chapter 11 - Gender and “good governance”
Chapter 12 - Decentralization and gender equality

Section 4: Gender, armed conflict and the search for peace
Chapter 13 - The impacts of conflict on women
Chapter 14 - After conflict: Women, peace building and development

Concluding remarks
Bibliography, acronyms and annex

To download the report in other languages, go to the project page.
  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 21 Feb 2005
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISBN: 92-9085-052-3
    Type: Paperback
    From: UNRISD/UN Publications - New York
  • Pub. Date: 21 Feb 2005
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISBN: 92-9085-052-3
    Type: Paperback
    From: UNRISD/UN Publications - Geneva