Emma Wretblad and Ruya Leghari through the UN Women Training Centre Community of Practice Invite all of us to the virtual dialogue:
This Virtual Dialogue will serve to generate discussion on some of they key issues raised by the Compendium of Good Practices in Training for Gender Equality, a compilation of exemplary practices in the field.
Convening experts, practitioners, researchers, academics and organisations, this Virtual Dialogue will offer a unique space to reflect on key elements of good practices in training for gender equality, the challenges training may face, and ways of collectively overcoming these hurdles.
When: 29 August – 16 September
Language: English and Spanish

Gender, Institutions and Change: Feminist Institutionalism after 10 years Conference

For details of the conference please see below and visit the conference website: http://uicgenderconf.wixsite.com/conferencesite

It is over 10 years since gender scholars started developing a feminist institutionalism in workshops and conferences leading to the creation of FIIN (Feminism and Institutionalism International Network – see www.femfiin.com for details). A great deal has happened since then, including the publication of Gender, Politics and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism edited by Mona Lena Krook and Fiona Mackay, and the establishment of a 5 year ERC Advanced Grant ‘Understanding Institutional Change: A Gender Perspective (UIC)’ (for further details of UIC see www.manchester.ac.uk/uic).

This International Conference to be held 3-4 April 2017 at the University of Manchester, UK, will be the final event for the UIC Project. The overall aims of the conference are:

  • to take stock of where we are;
  • bring together the latest research – empirical and theoretical – that is both using and developing gendered institutional analyses; and
  • to discuss future research agendas for the gendered analysis of institutions, institutional change and feminist institutionalism.

Confirmed speakers include: Elin Bjarnegård, Louise Chappell, Sarah Childs, Susan Franceschet, Meryl Kenny, Mona Lena Krook, Vivien Lowndes, Fiona Mackay, Sven Steinmo, Mieke Verloo, Georgina Waylen and Laurel Weldon.

The conference is open to all those interested in gendered institutional analysis. We would therefore welcome individual paper proposals on any aspect of the study of gender, institutions, institutional change and feminist institutionalism – including both theoretically and empirically focused papers. Full panel and roundtable proposals are also welcome.

There is no fee to attend this conference, but participants will have to cover their own travel and subsistence costs (there will also be a small number of bursaries available).

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by 1 September 2016 to:uicgenderconference(at)gmail.com. Deadline September 1.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the conference please see the conference website or contact via uicgenderconference(at)gmail.com

Nel giugno del 2013 una storica sentenza ha permesso a Edith Windsor, attivista Americana, di veder riconosciuto il proprio diritto all’esenzione fiscale per i coniugi superstiti. Sposatasi in Canada, alla morte della compagna Edith ha dovuto intentare a New York una battaglia legale che ha avuto risonanza mondiale. Oltre agli aspetti legali, in quei giorni si è molto parlato anche della spilla indossata da Edith. In anni in cui sarebbe stato complicato parlare di un legame affettivo fra donne, la spilla di diamanti, un cerchio semplicissimo ed estremamente elegante, ha permesso di indossare sempre un simbolo di amore.

Oggi che in Italia è diventato possibile unirsi civilmente, molte coppie scelgono di scambiarsi anelli, come avviene nei matrimoni. A differenza che in altri paesi, tuttavia, la sensibilità dei gioiellieri è ancora scarsa. Una ricerca su Google permette di trovare anellini a 8 Euro (avete letto bene) e poco altro.

Nuovi riti permettono di creare nuovi modi di celebrare e testimoniare legami e affetti. Sarà interessante vedere se si affermeranno anelli, spille, bracciali o pendenti. Forse vincerà il concetto di arcobaleno, forse si rimarrà ancorati ad anelli più tradizionali, fedi e vere in oro o acciaio. Forse si affermeranno modelli unisex o forse molte donne preferiranno gioielli arcobaleno e molti uomini anelli con diamanti incassati. Forse ci sarà chi vorrà disegnare un gioiello unico come la relazione che vive. Una bellissima libertà di espressione che rispecchierà la molteplicità di legami che saranno riconosciuti a livello ufficiale.

Già dalla fine di agosto, tuttavia, si potrà cominciare a scegliere o a farsi realizzare gioielli su misura, perlomeno a Genova. Per una volta, infatti, la prima gioielleria a pubblicizzare la possibilità di realizzare gioielli e anelli per unioni civili è proprio a Genova.

The 13th Women’s Worlds (WW) Congress — an international and interdisciplinary gathering of and about women — will take place with Fazendo Gênero 11 (Doing Gender) from July 30 to August 04, 2017 in Florianópolis, Brazil, in Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC).

The leading topic of the meeting is “Transformations, Connections, and Movements”. With this topic, we want to extend the place of dialogue to a global perspective, away from the North-South hierarchy; in other words, a place where other voices and new proposals can be heard, knowledge can be valued, and horizons of study and activism can be extended. As such, we will be capable of conceiving and proposing inclusive perspectives for feminist studies including possibilities for feminist construction.

This will be a unique opportunity of bringing together experiences, researches, and voices around the world about women and gender issues. This will be the first time the WW conference will be hosted in South America.

Don’t miss this convergence of academia and activism, where a diversity of minds and experiences will delve into some of the most pressing issues of our time.

IMPORTANT: The call for proposals for thematic symposia ends on 8th August 2016.

RC19 (Gender Politics and Policy)

IPSA Pre-Congress Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming: Theory and Practice ‒ Research and Teaching

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Location: AMU Morasko Campus, University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan, Poland


Since the mid-1990s and the UN Conference in Beijing, gender mainstreaming has been hailed as the feminist strategy for bringing gender perspectives into the study and practice of public policy and politics in general, at both the domestic and international level. Scholarship has offered some success stories, at least in comparative terms, with gender mainstreaming being realized in a transformative manner and with gender issues being considered in a ‘politics as usual’, self-evident, and systematic fashion. However, problems and failures in the gender mainstreaming effort appear to be a much more common story.

So is gender mainstreaming still a valid goal and strategy for feminist politics? How can we assess its advantages and disadvantages after twenty years of practicing gender mainstreaming? Are there possibilities for ameliorating the methods and application of this strategy to offset the disadvantages, or is there still a desire to do so? If not, what can we replace it with? And what opportunities and challenges has the concept of intersectionality – and the related strategy of diversity mainstreaming – brought to GM?

More recently, gender mainstreaming has come to be regarded a crucial strategy for transforming research and teaching in the academic field of political ‘science’. How do we ourselves as academics “do” gender mainstreaming in our research activities, how do we work to ensure gendered research is claimed as core knowledge in the discipline, and how do we mediate knowledge in the class-room in order to achieve this goal? What are the experiences, good practices and insights, and actual barriers to doing this? Have we been successful in bringing feminist scholarship into the “mainstream”? And what lessons from our experience of GM in research and teaching resonate with the insights gained in studying GM as a strategy in politics and policy work?

This Pre-Congress Workshop organized by RC 19 brings together gender scholars to exchange information, ideas and viewpoints on the state of gender mainstreaming in the study of politics and public policy, as well as in the fields of research and teaching.


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