gender

Culture versus Rights Dualism: a myth or a reality?

Posted in Culture & Religion, Global Governance on October 29th, 2012 by

YAKIN ERTURK. Women’s human rights discourse and movements have become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation The 1990’s was a remarkable period in experiencing the unravelling of a world order that has characterised much of the […]

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Making visible the invisible: commodification is not the answer

MARILYN WARING. If you are invisible as a producer in the GDP, you are invisible in the distribution of benefits in the economic framework of  the national budget. As feminists we must embrace an ecological model if we are to transform economic power, and the market and commodification must be seen as the servants of […]

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Surviving the Fierce New World

Posted in Plenary 2 on October 25th, 2012 by

Gita Sen   The struggle for development We are living in a fierce new world where social contracts are being broken, where new players are emerging, but old ones are not willing to give up. The definitions and meanings of development are being fought over from who is being appointed at the IMF and the […]

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Decoding the “DNA of Patriarchy” in Muslim family laws

Posted in Culture & Religion on October 24th, 2012 by

Why and how did verse 4:34, and not other verses in the Qur’an, become the foundation for the legal construction of marriage? Why areqiwamah and wilayah still the basis of gender relations in the imagination of modern-day jurists and Muslims who resist and denounce equality in marriage as alien to Islam? How can we Muslim women reconstruct the […]

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