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DIIS-seminar om køn og international udviklingspolitik

På seminaret præsenteres konklusionerne fra et tre-årigt, internationalt forskningsprogram, GLONO, der er koordineret af Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier, DIIS.


Onsdag, 21. juni 2017 -
9:30 til 12:00


DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies, Auditorium Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A (nær Nordhavn S-station), Østerbro, København

Gender equality norms in international development politics

DIIS seminar presenting the conclusions of the three-year international collaborative research programme, GLONO, coordinated by DIIS

In international development, norms on gender and gender equality have a significant course of life as a contested yet inevitable element of the concept of development itself. 

Furthermore, the speed and extent with which gender norms, in particular gender mainstreaming, have diffused into modern bureaucracies across the globe have received attention far beyond feminist policy circles and have pointed to a growing similarity of development policies across organizations. 

Often, however, diffusion of gender equality norms and ideas have led mainly to shallow implementation, with a strong gap between official policies and the inner-workings of organisations impeding gender policies from shaping organizational efforts and practices in the long-term.

Thus, despite their proliferation in international discourses, institutions and laws, the norms of gender equality remain strongly contested, and women’s rights continue to be the subject of international and national debates.

This seminar brings together the insights of a research programme, GLONO, on the contestation and translation of international norms and work on gender equality in development cooperation.

The seminar is linked to a DIIS DOCS&TALKS (se Globalnyts kalender) event in the afternoon after the seminar in Cinemateket where the international award-winning documentary “Gulabi Gang” is screened followed by a debate on the transformative potential of gender equality policies and practices in international development cooperation. Read more


Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Emma Crewe, Professor of social anthropology, SOAS

Ben Jones, Senior Lecturer, School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UEA)

Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde, Postdoc Researcher, DIIS

Adam Moe Fejerskov, Researcher, DIIS

Anouka van Eerdewijk, Senior Advisor, KIT Gender

Nikki van der Gaag, Director of Gender Justice and Women's Rights, Oxfam GB



  • Welcome - Lars Engberg-Pedersen


  • The tumbleweed takes root: The politics of gender justice in Oxfam GB - Emma Crewe


  • The World Bank’s gender turn - Ben Jones


  • Gender norm fragmentation in South Africa’s Development Cooperation - Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde


  • General conclusions of the research programme - Adam Moe Fejerskov


  • Break


  • Comments by discussants - Anouka van Eerdewijk and Nikki van der Gaag


  • Discussion

Practical information

The seminar will be in English and livestreamed on diis.dk.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 12.00 noon. Livestream does not require registration.

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