gender

The case of Harassmap: using social media to fight sexual harassment

Lauren Maffeo is studying an MSc in Gender, Media and Culture at the LSE’s Gender Institute. In this post she explores how women are harnessing the power of social media to to fight sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination.      In the sphere of inspirational women, Madeleine Albright is a fixture. The former U.S. Secretary of State’s speech at the […]

January 24th, 2012|Politics, Society|0 Comments|

“How can these women pay back their loans when they lie on their mats all day?”

Bobby Macaulay is a former researcher at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health and an expert in social business and community development. In this piece he discusses, through reference to Mozambique, whether miocrofinance can or should alter societal values or practices and queries its ability to foster real societal change. In the summer of 2011 I was asked to go to Mozambique […]

January 16th, 2012|Development|1 Comment|

Beyond micro-credit: an evolving microfinance

Microfinance is evolving and our understanding of it must too. Joanna Wilkin, drawing on her research and her experience working in microfinance for BRAC, argues that we need to reconceptualise microfinance and its priorities and to increase and extend access to financial tools to those previously ignored by the formal financial system, whilst keeping the role of governance, regulation and […]

November 29th, 2011|Development, Politics|1 Comment|

Does the World Bank need an expanded notion of institutions to take gender into account?

Josephine Tsui, a gender consultant for theIDLgroup, reviews the 2012 World Bank World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development arguing that, while its recognition of the importance of gender equality independently of its positive economic effects represents a step forward, its narrow definition of institutions keeps it from taking into account the gendered nature of markets, households, or the […]

Sex and Development

Dr. Gwendolyn Beetham discusses some recent episodes of gendered power in global governance institutions, arguing that the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal and other well-publicized incidents should be seen less as unfortunate but separate incidents than as evidence for continuing structural inequalities. This summer was a lively one for those interested in the intersection of sex and development. The world’s media watched […]

October 17th, 2011|Development, Politics|0 Comments|

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