The July 2015 issue of the international journal Gender & Development will look at Inequalities.
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Currently, economic inequality is rising rapidly in some of the fastest-growing countries of the global South. Inequality is also increasing in countries of the global North, after a century in which policy measures including state welfare had made inroads into the inequality of the nineteenth century which was a source of moral outrage for politicians and philanthropists. Poverty for a majority, with extreme wealth for a tiny elite, is the scandal of our times, and is linked to a host of social, political and economic ills, including gender inequality. It is essential to narrow the gaps in society, as the limitations of development goals focusing on national averages are become apparent. Rising inequalities must be curbed, but this is difficult: states’ hands are tied by elite interests and global neo-liberal policies.
Yet development policymakers, researchers and activists are attempting to turn the tide. For feminists, a focus on inequalities should represent a significant step forward. It should lead to a genuinely progressive and transformational development agenda, which responds to the multi-dimensional experience of gendered poverty, and complex inequalities. Some policy solutions are emerging in response to economic inequality between households – for example, conditional cash transfers, universal health care and the minimum wage. However, the inequalities agenda needs to respond to the realities of women and men in poverty by addressing gender and other identity-based inequalities, which shape and perpetuate poverty and disempowerment.
This issue hopes to explore these and other issues in a range of articles from feminist thinkers and academics, development and humanitarian practitioners, researchers, and policymakers who have interesting experience to share of the gendered cost to women and men, and wider society, of extreme inequalities in the global South and North. All articles must be written in language which is accessible for a non-academic readership. We will include:
- think-pieces – considering the relationship between gender inequality and other inequalities, and economic inequality, and putting forward feminists’ ideas of the kind of policy agenda needed to respond holistically to the concerns of women and girls, men and boys in poverty
- case studies of the impact of policies intended to reduce economic inequalities, on gender equality and women’s rights, in different countries including emerging economies
- case studies of ways of challenging these in development programming which addresses complex inequalities, including campaigning and advocacy work with states, as well as community-level development work.
Please make your outlines as grounded as possible in examples of real experience and activism from developing countries. The issue will support colleagues to understand how to work in ways which respond fully to the interests and needs of women and men, girls and boys living in poverty in the global South.
G&D has an editorial policy of publishing in clear, jargon-free English, in order to be of use to the widest possible readership. All articles need to be based on first-hand experience, or research on-the-ground in particular country contexts, and have direct relevance to development policy and practice. Don’t worry if you have not written for a journal – we will help you with style and language!
Please send a paragraph outlining your proposed idea for an article for this issue firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and before the commissioning deadline: 6 October 2014. If we are able to offer space for your contribution, we will write to you by 12 October 2014 to say so. Commissioned articles will need to be completed for a deadline of 31 December 2014.
For full guidelines and more information on the journal visit www.genderanddevelopment.org