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No shortcut to change, an unlikely path to a more gender equitable world, Kara Ellerby

No shortcut to change, an unlikely path to a more gender equitable world, Kara Ellerby
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-251) and index
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No shortcut to change
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Kara Ellerby
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an unlikely path to a more gender equitable world
Gender equality has become a central aspect of global governance and development in the 21st century. States increasingly promote women in government, ensure women s economic rights and protect women from violence, all in the name of creating a more gender equitable world. This is a historical, theoretical, and political overview of why the common, liberal-feminist-driven shortcut approach has not actually improved the status of women throughout the world and why a new approach taking social, racial, and political hierarchies into account alongside gender is sorely needed. This innovative book unites several streams of international relations and feminist theory in pursuit of a practical solution to global gender inequality. She gives an overview of what add-women policymaking looks like and has (or has not) accomplished, examining three key policy areas: . Women s representation- including policies and practices to include more women in all branches of government, such as legislative quotas, which in many countries have been established to ensure enough women are represented in legislative bodies. The recognition of women s economic rights, like the right for a woman to own property and gainful employment; . Combating violence against women, through domestic violence and rape laws, which remains a major problem throughout the world Ellerby explores how poor implementation, informal practices, gender binaries, and intersectionality remain key issues in addressing women’s inclusion policy around the world. Ultimately, she concludes that all of these efforts have been co-opted by global neoliberal institutions, often reinforcing gender differences rather than challenging them. A much-needed critical text on the weaknesses inherent in international gender policy, No Shortcut to Change is an eye-opening overview for anyone interested in gender equality
Table Of Contents
Add gender and stir -- Gender equality and the illusion of progress -- Dual and dueling gender in global narratives -- The “problem” with women’s representation in government -- The “problem” with women’s economic rights -- The “problem” with eradicating violence against women -- Beyond add-women politics
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