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Narratives, theories and their impact

Watch this video of Dr Maree Pardy and Dr Francesca Bussey introducing the imperative for change in approaches to Gender and Development.
So 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.
So 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?
I’m really looking forward to this week and working with you. Should we get into it? I think so. Great.

Welcome to Week 2 of Gender and Development.

Building on our learning from last week, 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

To get started, watch the video to hear Maree and Francesca discuss the imperative for change in approaches to gender and development.

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

How does this relate to the ideas Maree and Francesca talk about in the video?

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