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Back | Programme Area: Gender and Development (2000 - 2009), Special Events (2000 - 2009) | Event: Ford Foundation Launch - UNRISD Report on Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World

Ford Foundation Launch - UNRISD Report on Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World

  • Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Location: Auditorium, Ford Foundation Building, 320 E. 43rd St., New York, USA
  • Speakers: Amina Mama, Diane Elson, Anne Marie Goetz, Pregs Govender, Amrita Basu, Deniz Kandiyoti, Ching Kwan Lee, Frances Lund, Thandika Mkandawire , Shahra Razavi, Stephanie Seguino, Onalenna Doo Selolwane, Rosalba Todaro
  • Project Title: Policy Report on Gender and Development: 10 Years after Beijing

Keynote address by Stephanie Seguino

From Stephanie Seguinos's speech...

"In the last two decades, macroeconomic policies and development strategies have increasingly exhibited adherence to the goals of liberalization and global economic integration, deeply impacting the lives of women and men across the globe. In most countries, policies reflect a commitment to “market fundamentalism,” whereby social policy is sublimated to and determined by market outcomes.

The evidence suggests, however, that this approach has contributed to a slowdown in economic growth rates, increased firm mobility, accompanied by an exacerbation of financial and economic volatility. Liberalization policies, more generally, seem unable to generate social development in terms of steady increases in GDP or in terms of improved standards of health, education, and human security. Feminist scholars have highlighted the gendered impacts of these policies, many of which increase women’s job vulnerability, unpaid work burden, while reducing state level resources that might be used to provide a social safety net.

What then of those countries that have adopted an interventionist or managed market approach? Has this approach led to better macroeconomic performance? And if so, has gender equity improved as a result? This presentation seeks to answer these questions. "