Panel Discussion: Feminist Approaches to Development
Devaki Jain, currently Plumer Visiting Fellow at St Anne’s College, is a practicing development economist and feminist activist. She is the Founder and former Director of the Institute of Social Studies Trust based in New Delhi, India. She was previously a lecturer at the University of Delhi, founding member of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Senior Fellow of the Delhi Policy Group, and member of the South Commission chaired by Julius Nyerere. In 2006, Dr Jain was presented with the Padma Bhushan Award for exceptional and distinguished service. She has also published several books and articles on Indian development and women’s status.
Diane Elson is an emertius professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. Her current research and teaching interests are in global social change and the realisation of human rights with a particular focus on gender inequality and economic and social rights. She is a member of the Human Rights Centre, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Gender, Work and Organisation, Development and Change and Journal of Human Development. Professor Elson is also a member also of the UN Taskforce on Millennium Development Goals and the UK Women's Budget Group, Council of Overseas development Institute.
Winnie Byanyima is Executive Director of Oxfam International. As a devoted champion and recognized expert on women's rights she served 10 years as a member of the Ugandan parliament and founded the still-thriving civil society organization, Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE). She advocated for gender mainstreaming as director of gender directorates at the African Union Commission and then, on the global stage, at the United Nations Development Programme. As part of her drive to bring women’s perspectives into core development issues, she co-founded a Global Gender and Climate Alliance and chaired UN-wide task forces on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals and climate change.
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