In 2020, the 64th session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women drew the attention to the urgency of strengthening synergies between sustainability and gender. Indeed, gender equality is “a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world” (UN Sustainable Development Goals). But how to include the gender dimension in the sustainability discourse in an efficient way? And how to address the relevant challenges, especially during emergency times?
Bringing together a range of scholars, the forthcoming edited volume “Women’s Empowerment and its Limits: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives Toward Sustainable Progress” (Palgrave Macmillan/ Springer) aims to investigate the limits and boundaries of women’s empowerment to achieve sustainability. It does so firstly, by unpacking the de facto mechanisms (informal and formal) that matter for women’s inclusion (know the limits); secondly, by taking into account concrete examples of limits in practice (test the limits); thirdly, by proving how the rise of new technologic innovations may render limits obsolete (cross the limits).
The discussion on the book will highlight the complementary dimensions (socio-economic, cultural, public, and decision-making) of gender and sustainability issues. The two editors of the volume will discuss how this approach provides for a useful framework that enables to connect human rights, participation, and institutionalisation as building blocks for the pursuit of women’s empowerment. The event will take place at the IIR at 16:30. The registration is possible on the IIR website.
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