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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsSo welcome back. This week, we're going to kind of still be talking about the single stories, really. Aren't we, Maree? Yeah. We'll begin with that. Yeah. But we're sort of looking at it through a different context, in that we're looking at frameworks for change. And how the single story influences that. But we're also going into it a little bit more deeper this week. So we are actually going to look at the way in which gender has become part of development. So we're going to look at the way in which gender has made itself important to concerns and considerations of development and development policy. And that's been a long struggle that began decades ago.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsSo we're going to trace that interesting history of women in development through to gender and development. And we're also going to look at the way in which that's taken contemporary shape. And the relationship between what's happening at the moment and the intentions of women, feminists, and gender activists, who in the past have argued for the inclusion of gender in the development space. There are so many people, institutions, organisations. And most notably in recent times, celebrities have also taken up the issue of gender and development. The critical question that we're going to ask, though, is how has all of these recent attention to issues of gender and development really affected the lives of men and women? It's fascinating, isn't it?

Skip to 1 minute and 43 secondsI'm really looking forward to this week and working with you. Should we get into it? I think so. Great.

Welcome back

Narratives, theories and their impact.

To start Week 2 of the course, Dr Maree Pardy and Dr Francesca Bussey discuss the imperative for change and some challenges in creating effective approaches to change.

In this week we’ll focus on:

  • different ways in which a single story focus may arise
  • how the narrative of development has been driven by theories of economic growth
  • identifying significant development initiatives and the effects of mainstreaming on change.

Your task

In the comments, share one example of persistent power inequity that is occurring in your country now.

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Gender and Development

Deakin University

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Chalkboard with 'Change the Story' written on it.
    Single stories

    Simplifying gender or development to a single narrative distorts our perceptions. Read Dr Maree Pardy and watch a video of Nigerian writer Adachie.

  • Female celebrity in gold sparkly dress signing autographs.
    So hot right now

    Watch videos of Madonna and Angelina Jolie speak up about Gender and Development. Read as educator Dr Maree Pardy examines celebratainment.