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Gita Sen: Where is the trump card? Overcoming the critical barriers to gender equality in development

Monday | April 29, 2013 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Diplomatische Akademie Wien | Festsaal |

Favoritenstraße 15a | 1040 Vienna

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Lecture and discussion with

Gita Sen
Centre for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore | Harvard School of Public Health

Hanna Hacker | Department of Development Studies University of Vienna

Alexandra Toth
| VIDC/Wiener Institut





Despite almost four decades of sustained research, advocacy and activism, progress in achieving gender equality in development has been inconsistent and woefully inadequate. Are there critical barriers to making progress, and what are they? The talk will identify strengths and weaknesses of current approaches. It will draw on current debates triggered by the processes towards a post 2015 development agenda to reflect on how we can protect, promote and fulfill the human rights of girls and women.
This lecture is part of the lecture series “Feministisch ‘entwickeln’?!”- Feminist Perspectives on Development. More Information under:



Gita Sen is Professor at the Centre for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. She is a co-founder of DAWN - Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. Gita Sen was a consultant to various international organizations such as UNIFEM, The World Bank or UNFPA.

Hanna Hacker is Professor for Social and Cultural Development Research at the Department of Development Studies University of Vienna and board member of the feminist organization “Frauensolidarität”. She works as a sociologist and historian with feminist and postcolonial approaches to analyze international inequalities.


In cooperation with:
the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna
the Vienna School of International Studies
der Verband feministischer Wissenschafterinnen (VfW)



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