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WEP: Nordic-Arab Network of Research on Women’s Empowerment, Gender and Politics – For Master Students, PhD Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Call for papers:

Women Making Change 25-28 November 2012

WEP, Nordic-Arab Network of Research on Women’s Empowerment, Gender and Politics is pleased to invite PhD students, master students and young scholars to submit their abstracts for papers for the upcoming network meeting in at the Center for Women's Studies in Jordan University in Amman November 25-28, 2012.

The aim of WEP is to create a network among young scholars in gender research in the Arab world and the Nordic countries and through annual academic seminars give young scholars the opportunity to present their research and to facilitate cross regional and inter regional discussion on gender research.

Deadline for abstracts is August 5, 2012

Workshop themes:
Intersectionality: New approaches to Gender Research: Theoretical and methodological issues.

Workshop responsible: Prof. Anette Borchorst, Aalborg University, Denmark. Email: ab@epa.aau.dk

Intersectionality has become a key concept in gender research. It addresses how gender intersects with ethnicity, class, generation and other differentiating dimensions both in terms of privileges and inequality. Intersectionality is addressed both at the level of identity formation (micro level), in analysis of, how organizations and movements articulate the needs and interests of particular groups (meso level) and in debates about, how to tackle multiple and intersecting inequalities in public policies and in law.

  • The workshop invites papers dealing with theoretical and methodological issues and empirical studies of intersectionality in the labour market, in politics, the media etc.
Advancing women’s economic security and rights
Workshop responsible: prof. Amal al Kharouf, University of Jordan. Email: aalkharouf2002@yahoo.com

Today more women than ever work outside the home and contribute to the economic security of their families. Yet, women can face significant challenges in the workplace -- they are more likely to rely on minimum wage work; they too often are paid less than men for the same work; they may have difficulty gaining access to credit to start small businesses; and, while they live longer than men, they reach retirement with smaller pensions and other assets.

Women entered the labor market since a long time, but, unfortunately, are still suffering from the injustice towards them with regards to the inequality in wages between them and their male colleagues, lack of access to the same training and retraining opportunities, as well as not giving them the opportunity to develop their career paths and assume leadership/decision making positions.

This workshop session will shed the light on the importance of: women gaining all their equal rights at work.

  • Relevant laws and bylaws, and national, provincial and local policies and budgets related to economic security and rights, especially employment, are passed or amended to be more in line with international and national commitments to gender equality and women's human rights.
  • Key policy institutions, service delivery institutions and complaint mechanisms in the Arab Region have increased capacities and improved procedures and incentives to implement existing laws and policies that promote and protect women's economic security and rights, especially regarding employment.
  • Gender Equality Mechanisms (GEMs), gender equality experts, advocates and their organizations and networks in the Arab Region to enhance their capacity and influence to ensure that there are strong gender equality dimensions in laws and national, provincial and local policies, strategies and budgets that are relevant to women's economic security and rights.

Formative Moments of Women’s Political Empowerment
Workshop responsible: prof. Drude Dahlerup, Stockholm University, Sweden,

Email: drude.dahlerup@statsvet.su.se

Formative moments in history, such as revolutions, crisis and regime change, can radically improve or deteriorate women’s position in political decision-making. Progress, however, requires the intervention of ‘critical actors’, for instance women’s movements and women politicians, and the adoption of ‘critical acts’, for instance gender quotas or electoral system change.

  • This workshop invites papers on such crucial moments, e.g. on what happened during the Arab ‘revolutions’ or experiences from other transitional periods in various regions of the world.

Women and Media

Workshop responsible: prof. Fatima Sadiqi Fez University Morocco. Email: sadiqi_fatima@yahoo.fr

The print, audio, visual and social media plays an important role reflecting the real situation and problems the women face as well as highlighting their significant achievements. This begs the question of, “To what extent the Media is playing a positive role in empowering women?”

  • This workshop will focus on highlighting the positive, negative or neutral role the Media can plays to help women achieving their full empowerment. Moreover, the role media play in the the so-called “Arab-Spring” revolutions in the Mena region. Is another core element of research.





Monday, July 16, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, August 5, 2012 (All day)
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