Shahra Razavi

Shahra Razavi
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This edition of UN Women's flagship report focuses on 'families in a changing world' and asks, how can laws, policies and other forms of public action support households and families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity and voice? The report contains policy case studies and recommendations, and new and innovative data s...
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O lugar ocupado pela religião no campo da política continua a afirmar-se há várias décadas. Enquanto as práticas religiosas retrocederam em alguns contextos (especialmente na Europa ocidental), elas tendem a crescer em escala mundial (Norris e Inglehart 2004). Além disso, o uso de argumentos religiosos na política continua sendo uma prática comum e...
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Taking off from Helga Hernes’s 1987 concept of “reproduction going public,” Razavi asserts that today, care is “going global.” She points to historical precedents, noting that the “defamilialization” of care is and has been uneven and varies widely across different societies. She emphasizes the need to examine the factors driving the supply of as w...
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This Report focuses on the economic and social dimensions of gender equality including the right of all women to a good job with fair pay and safe working conditions to an adequate pension in older age to health care and to safe water without discrimination based on factors such as socio-economic status geographic location and race or ethnicity. In...
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Moving beyond the narrow goals and targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the top-down manner in which they were defined, the 2030 Agenda promises to address many of their shortcomings. Not only has the process of defining the new agenda been more inclusive and its scope a universal one, but it is also anchored in human rights princ...
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For four decades, The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) has served as a principal arena for the formation and dissemination of cutting-edge research and theory. It is globally renowned as a key site for documenting and analyzing variegated trajectories of agrarian change across space and time. Over the years, authors have taken new angles as they re...
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Soon after the collapse of the capital markets in the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) in 2007 it became clear that the crisis had spread not only to global financial markets but also to the ‘real economy’. While most developing countries were not exposed to subprime debt due to limited direct financial linkages between many low-incom...
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The issue of care has been the subject of extensive scholarly debate with reference to the advanced industrialized countries and their welfare regimes. Economic restructuring in the developing world has raised feminist concerns about social reproduction more broadly, and women's increasing burdens of unpaid care work in particular. While the presen...
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Résumé. Les auteures définissent la notion d'activités de soin – ou services à autrui – rémunérées devenues un thème important de recherche et de débat politique. Analysant une série de professions aux niveaux national et international, elles dégagent trois constats: la situation professionnelle des travailleurs des activités de soin reflète souven...
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This article defines paid care work and explains why it has become an important arena for research and policy. Drawing on cross-national and country-level analyses of selected occupations, it highlights three findings: first, the employment situation of care workers often mirrors broader, country-specific labour market conditions and problems; seco...
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Resumen. Las autoras definen el trabajo de cuidado remunerado y explican por qué ha pasado a ser un campo importante para la investigación y la política. Basándose en análisis internacionales y nacionales de varias ocupaciones, ponen de relieve tres conclusiones. Primera, la situación laboral de estos trabajadores es, a menudo, un reflejo de las ci...
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This article explores how religion as a political force shapes and deflects the struggle for gender equality in contexts marked by different histories of nation building and challenges of ethnic diversity, different state-society relations (from the more authoritarian to the more democratic), and different relations between state power and religion...
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The global economic crisis of 2008 has provoked considerable debate on unregulated markets and the need for more effective state regulation. Shahra Razavi draws attention to an important arena of social development, the arena of unpaid care, that is often ‘invisible’ but one that is likely to experience particular strain as the global economic cris...
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Over the past thirty odd years, the analysis of agrarian social relations, institutions, and movements has benefited from the insights offered by feminist scholars whose intellectual project has been to bring into the political economy of agrarian change the pervasiveness of gender relations and their interconnections with broader processes of soci...
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The reform of land tenure institutions is now back on the national and global policy agendas. While at a certain level of generality, the principle of gender equality in access to resources, including land, has been endorsed by a diverse range of policy actors, there is a number of tensions and ambiguities that are likely to obstruct women's effect...
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The failure of orthodox economic policies to generate growth and eradicate poverty has led to renewed interest in social policies. The return to ‘the social’ has seen contending conceptualizations of social policy, premised on different values, priorities and understandings of state responsibility, vying for influence. This article argues that the...
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Citizenship has become increasingly associated—both symbolically and programmatically—with a person's capacity to perform paid work. For feminists this raises a key question: can women's participation in paid work become the basis for their inclusion in welfare settlements? The question is examined here by exploring the extent to which women's abso...
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Polemical assertions about the civilisational clash between Islam and Christianity, and Islam's incompatibility with human rights and gender equality are frequently heard these days. Political Islam, however, is far from homogeneous, and the modernist and reformist currents which have emerged in many diverse contexts often seek to embrace both huma...
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The past decade has witnessed a renewed interest in social policies, and some governments have increased social spending to soften the impacts of economic reform. These changes have come in the wake of widespread realization of the failure of the neoliberal economic model to generate economic growth and dynamism, and to reduce poverty. At the same...
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Incl. abstract and bibl. references The 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women (the 'Beijing Conference') was a landmark in policy terms, setting a global policy framework to advance gender equality. Ten years after Beijing, in March 2005, the UN's Commission on the Status of Women presided over an intergovernmental meeting in New York to review the...
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If in an earlier era citizenship was bound up with the capacity to bear arms and defend the nation, in more modern times it has been associated — both symbolically and programmatically — with a person’s capacity to ‘labour’, or perform paid work.2 One of the key questions confronting feminists is whether the capacity to ‘labour’ — a criterion that...
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Neo–liberal economic agendas are impacting on rural livelihoods and people's attachment to, and functions of, land in rural and non–rural household economies differently in diverse contexts; the present collection of papers explores the gender specificities of these impacts. With the deceleration of more formal forms of employment, the diversificat...
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This article presents the relationship between gender disadvantage and poverty in connection with its effects on well-being. The tendency to equate female hardship with poverty has been queried on both empirical and methodological grounds. Contrary to the conventional conception of poverty that gives priority to income and/or consumption poverty is...
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This article argues that the links between gender and poverty have, until recently, escaped careful analytical scrutiny. An exclusive focus on poverty outcomes very often means that the processes lending to it are overlooked. It also inevitably means that gender is dealt with through an analytically limited process of disaggregation, either of hous...
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This book features a collection of empirical and theoretical studies on developments in women’s rights in the 1990s. It is divided into four parts. Part I focuses on the different aspects of liberalism and the challenges to its neo-liberal or contractarian form. Part II examines the gender implications of the tensions between orthodox macroeconomic...
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Over the past two decades authoritarian regimes in many parts of the developing world, as well as in East/Central Europe, have been replaced by democracies. This paper looks at the issue of democratization from a gender perspective. While many of the problems afflicting the new democracies, such as the elitist character of political parties, and th...
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Recent discussions on the ‘social clause’ have opened up a pandora's box. This article probes some of the salient issues raised in that debate by looking more specifically at how women's incorporation into the export-oriented manufacturing sector has been interpreted by neo-classical, institutionalist and feminist writers. The neo-classical positio...
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OVER THE PAST three decades a wide spectrum of organizations working in the development field have been scrutinized by feminist activists and scholars for their gender inequitable structures, procedures, and policy outcomes. A point made repeatedly in the early Women in Development (WID) evaluations of development projects was the inability of agri...
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This paper provides an account of efforts to mainstream gender in the UNDP, the World Bank and the ILO, identifying some of the obstacles that have been encountered in the different institutional settings and highlighting the opportunities for further progress. The changes that have been introduced in the three multilateral institutions fall within...
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The failure of orthodox economic models to generate growth and eradicate poverty has led to renewed interest in social policy (seen as part of the 'post- Washington Consensus'). Drawing on a comparative research project, this paper illustrates why the current agenda of social sector restructuring (which strengthens commercial provision and social i...

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How does the intertwining between religion, on the one hand, and the state, politics and civil society, on the other, impact the rights of women to equality?