Gender Politics; Development Studies; Comparative Politics
Background & Qualification
M.A. in International Relations – Dublin City University 2001-2002; Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Development Studies – Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua & Comisión Interuniversitaria de Estudios de Equidad de Género de Nicaragua; B.A. in Humanities (Linguistics, Languages, Translation Studies, Literature) – National University College Ireland in Galway and Las Palmas University 1995-1999.
The adoption of “gender mainstreaming” policies in aid-dependent developing countries: window of opportunity or window dressing?
This research project examines the process of adoption and implementation of the “gender mainstreaming” policies embodied in the Beijing Platform for Action which was globally endorsed at the UN World Conference on Women in 1995. In particular, it seeks to analyse whether the rapid diffusion of this global norm was a matter of coercion and/or consent. Furthermore, independently of the manner of adoption, it also seeks to examine whether the local women’s organisations have been able to influence this agenda to advance their own priorities and capitalise on the positive global momentum created after Beijing or whether they have been assimilated and their demands co-opted by the Beijing agenda. A comparative study of two aid-dependent developing countries, namely Mozambique and Nicaragua, will be carried out for the period 1995-2010.