Women in Development, Deconstructed

Feminist Perspectives on Development
“Gender” and “women” are important words in the development lexicon. Women are key to the development process, both as participants in, and receivers of, development, but how does the development discourse construct women? Within what framework do they place women? What are key characteristics of “the woman” within this discourse? This parallel session will delve into these issues as a starting point to bringing local feminist activists and academics together to explore the larger question of how women participate in the development process. The session will focus on three key angles: the Political, the Sociocultural, and the Economic; and explore questions such as:
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How does the development discourse construct “women’s representation”, both physically and ideologically? How do gender relations within the home and in the community impact development and vice versa? How does the development discourse define women’s work?

Wednesday 12th December, 2012 9:00 am to 11:30 am Mihilaka Medura, BMICH, Colombo 7
This is a Parallel Session organised under Reimagining Development: An Ideas Exchange, to be held on 11th and 12th of December at the above venue. Attendance to this Session is only by prior registration. If you wish to attend, email: reimagine@cepa.lk or call 011-4690200 For details of the Ideas Exchange, visit: http://cepa.lk/symposium2012/

11th and 12th December 2012 at Mihilaka Medura, BMICH

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