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Gender equality
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (CFS: Centre for Feminist Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9808-1413
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1681-0724
2016 (English)In: The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies / [ed] Nancy Naples, J. M. Ryan, r.c. hoogland, M. Wickramasinghe, W. C. A. Wong, Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016, 1Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Gender equality can be understood as part of the long-term historical struggles for equality and democracy. In this process, gender equality interventions are important tools in enhancing women's rights and participation, yet this striving for greater gender equality is by no means unproblematic, for example, as demonstrated by LGBTQI+ movements. There are many arguments for gender equality – feminist transformation, gender justice, gender difference, realization of individual and collective potential, and its fuller use – and many ways of framing gender equality. Within liberal feminism, gender equality involves realizing the potential of women and men equally within the current gender order. In gender-resistance feminism, the gender order cannot be made equal through gender balance, as men's dominance is too strong. Rebellion feminists seek to take apart the gendered social order by multiplying genders or doing away with them. Gender policy operates differentially at organizational and occupational levels, and in public and private sectors, with extremely variable historical contexts. Major supranational bodies, such as the United Nations, the European Union, and the Council of Europe, have been prominent in promotion of gender equality. Various critiques of gender equality are outlined. Future challenges facing gender equality and gender equality policy are noted.

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Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016, 1.
Keywords [en]
Feminisms, gender equality, policy, politics, United Nations
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Social Sciences Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54707DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss758ISBN: 978-1-4051-9694-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54707DiVA, id: diva2:1065327
Available from: 2017-01-15 Created: 2017-01-15 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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