Is a woman’s place on the battlefield?

Editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the latest issue of the Gender & Development journal, which looks at gender, conflict and violence through the lens of feminism.  Is a woman’s place on the battlefield? And if she’s there fighting alongside the men, is this progress? Last week I asked this question of students on Oxford Brookes University’s Master’s course in Development and …

Feminism: the radical notion that women are people…

As the latest issue of Gender & Development examines the role of solidarity, editor Caroline Sweetman emphasises the importance of collective action to feminism. Feminism is ‘the radical notion that women are people…’ in the words of activist and academic Cheris Kramarae. Whether we choose to use this word or not, we’re all feminists if we believe in equality between the sexes …

Men at work for gender equality

Gender & Development editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the latest issue of the journal with a call to challenge damaging gender stereotypes of all kinds. I have twin sons, and I’m bringing them up to be feminists. And anti-racist, and pro-gay rights. Their father is Ethiopian, and they’ve experienced being called racist names from time to time at primary school in …

To ensure women’s rights move forward, we need to repoliticise – outcomes from the Beyond Gender Mainstreaming Learning Project

Last year, Gender & Development set out to discover where Gender Mainstreaming is 15 years on from when the approach was first agreed. The Learning Project brought together activists and development professionals in online debates, face-to-face encounters and a special issue of the journal which is out today. Journal editor Caroline Sweetman explains more. Gender & Development‘s Special Issue on Beyond Gender …