DSA Women and Development Study group
The DSA Women and Development Group offers an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss their ongoing research, and professional and political work, relating to Women and Development.
Our Annual Meeting is usually themed round a particular topic and is open to all. The presentations are deliberately kept short to facilitate wide participation and discussion. Presenters typically come from NGOs, national and international women’s organisations as well as universities (both graduate students and academic staff). It is a good networking occasion and in previous years the interest and quality of the presentations have been reflected in a series of edited books published based on initial presentations at the DSA Women and Development meetings.
Recent meetings have included a seminar exploring the challenges of researching ‘sensitive topics’ relating to gender and development such as sexual violence, trafficking, FGM, and HIV, and most recently a session on measurement, evidence and impact in gender and development research and practice.
Katy Jenkins (University of Northumbria), Lata Narayanaswamy (University of Leeds)
E: katy.jenkins(at)northumbria.ac.uk, L.Narayanaswamy(at)leeds.ac.uk
The special issue that the WAD DSA Study group has been working on with the Gender and Development Journal has now been published! This is open access (details are on the page) and can be accessed via this page. This special issue emerged out of a workshop, that was jointly held between DSA WAD Study Group and GAD Journal, to celebrate the Journal’s 25th anniversary. We invited scholars and activists, trying to create space for early-career researchers in particular, to share their insights on the opportunities and challenges of doing feminist research.
‘Bringing our feminist values to development research, policy and practice’: Celebrating 25 years of Gender and Development
Friday 11th May 2018
Northumbria University London, 110 Middlesex St, London, E1 7HT
Sponsors: Gender & Development Journal, DSA Women and Development Study Group, Oxfam
Hosted by Northumbria University's Centre for International Development
You can read the full report here.
DSA Women and Development Study Group and Centre for Global Development (CGD), University of Leeds, March 2017
'Interrogating the Nexus of Alternative Knowledges, Evidence and Impact in GAD Research and Practice'
Jasmine Gideon, Katy Jenkins and Lata Narayanaswamy
Worsley SR (8.20N), University of Leeds, 17 March 2017
Keynote: Professor Elaine Unterhalter, University College London
‘Education, measurement and gender inequality – what is the evidence?’
Na Ncube, The Global Native
‘The practitioner view: impact and evidence in development’
Claudia Pollen, University of Leeds
‘An analysis of Women Workers’ Agency using the Global Production Network Framework: Assessing Women’s Experience of Work using a Feminist/GAD approach’
Keynote: Professor Sally Engle Merry, New York University
‘The Seductions of Quantification: The Politics of Measuring Human Rights and Gender Violence’
Shannon Philip, University of Oxford
‘Addressing Violence Towards Women: Bringing the perspectives of men and masculinities to the centre’
Lili Harris, Plan UK
‘Gender, Adolescence and Social Norms: Evidence from a 9 Country Longitudinal Cohort Study’
Emily Balls, London School of Hygiene and Tropical
‘Challenges in measuring gender equality in academic contexts in low and middle income countries’
This DSA Women and Development Study Group workshop, co-hosted by the Centre for Global Development (CGD) at the University of Leeds brought together a diverse and fascinating array of speakers around the theme of how we determine ‘what works’ in relation to the inherently gendered challenges of development practice. Our Keynote speakers reflected on their personal and professional journeys through the quagmires of the deeply political processes that underpin attempts to measure, variously, education and gender-based violence. Panel contributions brought to life the realities of trying to facilitate change amidst these quagmires – what am I counting? How well does the language of development move across contexts and continents? Can we speak meaningfully about women’s and men’s agency in ways that are not constrained by these measures and categorisations? How do we constructively move forward?
Whilst speakers and participants did not arrive at ‘answers’ as such, there was consensus on the need for greater dialogue and the need to ensure that we unpack the meanings of the terms and frameworks that underpin dominant understandings of ‘gender’ and ‘inequality’ in ways that speak not just to regional or local priorities, but engage with the lived realities of those individuals and groups we are all committed to supporting.
DSA Women and Development Study Group/DSA Annual Conference, London, November 2015
Download the abstracts (PDF)
DSA Women and Development Study Group/DSA Annual Conference, London, November 2014
DSA Women and Development Study Group, University of York, June 2011
DSA Women and Development Study Group, June 2010
Shahrzad Atai: Religious right or legal Bigamy- the right for Muslim Iranian men to marry a second wife
Cassandra Balchin: Negotiating bliss: Muslim marriage contracts
Alessia Belli: Claiming to be a Muslim Woman: Beyond the dialectic of ascribed and chosen identities
Haleh Afshar: Women asylum seekers in the UK
Jasmine Gideon: Latin American migrants and access to health in the UK
Janet Townsend: Sexual trafficking, poverty, marginalization and citizenship in Nepal
Caroline Sweetman: The gendered impact of the economic crisis
Elsa Dawson: the INTRAC research on capacity building of CSOs in gender
Kathleen Collette: Training for Rural Development: Agriculture and Enterprise Skills for Women Smallholders
Kai-Jung Yuan: Women and the electoral process in Taiwan
Hiranmayee Mirsha: Women and the Panchayats in rural India
DSA Women and Development Study Group, Vanburgh College University of York, Heslington, May 2007
Caroline Sweetman: Publishing A Feminist Journal As Development Activism: 15 Years Of 'Gender And Development
Faride Sajjadi: Modernity And Women Public Spheres In Iran.
Sogol Zand: Reproductive Behavior Of Palestinian Women In The ‘Demographic War'
Jyothsna Belliappa: Weaving Narratives Of Identity: Indian Middleclass Women
Agnes Khoothe: The Role Of Women In The Labour Movement In South Korea And Taiwan
Maria Holt: Practices And Meanings: The Impact Of Homelessness On Palestinian Women In Lebanon And The West Bank
Myfanwy Franks: Destitute Asylum Seekers In The In The West Midlands: Some Gender Issues
Anna Piela: Muslim Women's Participation In The Online Debate On Gender Relations In Islam
Margaret Owen Widowhood In Conflict Scenarios: The Neglected Gender Issue
Mariagrazia Leone: Alternatives In Peruan Coffee Production: Gender Empowerment And Bargain Power
Polly Wilding Everyday Violence And Gender In Rio De Janeiro