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Call for contributions: Gender & Development - working in fragile contexts

The November 2016 issue of the international journal Gender & Development will focus on Working in Fragile Contexts.


G&D is published for Oxfam by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, and is essential reading for international development researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.

G&D is currently read in over 90 countries. It is published as an online/print journal at www.tandfonline.com/gad. Co ntent is also available free – for more information, visit www.genderanddevelopment.org.

The Working in Fragile Contexts i ssue of G&D examines the challenges of working on gender equality and women’s rights in contexts where there is political instability, poor governance and weak institutional capacity to guarantee the safety and security of inhabitants, where violence is often continuing or recently abated. According to World Bank figures, an estimated 1.2 billion people live in countries affected by fragility. Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity depends on promoting sustainable and lasting development and peace.


This issue will publish the analyses and experiences of researchers, policymakers and practitioners working with women and men to challenge the gendered causes of fragility and conflict by looking at grounded case studies of gender power relations playing out in fragile contexts. We are interested in mapping the impact of living in a fragile context on women’s rights, and gender relations ; the role of gender power relations in cluding dominant norms of masculinity in causing and perpetuating insecurity and violence, and suppressing progressive voices and actions promoting gender equality, justice and peace.

Our aim is to produce a range of articles from development practitioners and researchers, highlighting these concerns and the ways in which development and humanitarian programming can contribute to supporting gender equality and wome n’s righ ts, and ending fragility .

  • How do gender norms, roles and relations (for example, warlike men , and vulnerable women in need of protection) fuel conflict and fragility in communities ? Examples and case studies
  • How have women’s rights and feminist organisations and movements worked to evolve locally - appropriate solutions to fragility and insecurity at household, community, and state level?
  • What does best - practice development and humanitarian community level work look like? Case studies of programming in fragile contexts which has a gender and women’s rights perspective
  • Examples of innovative practice from different regions and countries i n the global South and North
    • Building peace from a gender perspective: working with women peacebuilders
    • Working on governance to strengthen institutions
    • Livelihoods work linking economic and social/political aspects, e.g. link between poverty and increasing gender violence/h armful traditional practices, for example child marriage, marriage by abduction – to increase security and promote peace
    • Working with men to challenge oppressive gender norms
  • Working with women and their movements to support their local solutions, and strengthen them and other politically and socially progressive loca l institutions in ad vocacy, lobbying and work with women at grassroots level on citizenship, governance and other issues. Examples from different contexts

This issue hopes to explore these and other issues, to inform and empower the work of development and humanitarian practitioners and policymakers supporting gender justice and women’s rights.


G &D has an editorial policy of publishing in clear, jargon - free English, in order to be of use to the widest possible readership of policymakers, practitioners, researchers and activists .

Articles should be of around 5,000 to 6,000 words maximum. Guidelines for contributors can be found at www.genderanddevelopment.org Please send a paragraph outlining your proposed idea for an article for this issue , in an email (no attachments please) to csweetman@oxfam.org.uk as soon as possible and by 15 January 2016 .

This issue will be commissioned for a deadline of 31 January 2015.

Commissioned articles will need to be completed for a deadline of 30 April 2015 .

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