The Religion-Gender Nexus in Development
Policy and Practice Considerations
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This book illuminates the intersections of religion and gender within the development sector, exposing challenges in both policy and practice and suggesting implementable solutions.
This book argues that a better understanding of the religion-gender nexus is needed by development sector practitioners, especially at a time when religious arguments are being used around the world to justify gender inequality and violence against women. The book situates the nexus in the context of the wider power balances dynamics in both donor and recipient countries, drawing on extensive qualitative research with senior gender personnel, religion advisors, and implementation partners from across the largest bilateral-development agencies. The nexus is considered from the grassroots level up to donor country politics and across key themes such as gender-based violence, reproductive rights, unpaid care and domestic work, and women’s participation in leadership roles. The book concludes by offering implementable solutions for practitioners to address the religion-gender nexus in a more meaningful way.
Bridging the gap between academic theory and day-to-day development practice, this book is an important reference for development practitioners, and for researchers from across development studies, gender studies and religious studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction PART I Chapter One: Religion and gender at the crossroads: Key concepts and theories Chapter Two: Gender in development theory and practice Chapter Three: Religion in development and its impact on gender issues PART II Chapter Four: Realising religious literacy: Moving beyond faith partnerships Chapter Five: Fulfilling the promise of GAD: Addressing religion in gender analyses Chapter Six: Tackling the taboo: Transforming negative attitudes towards religion (and gender!) Chapter Seven: Changing the sector: Enabling practitioners to drive internal change Concluding Remarks
Nora Khalaf-Elledge is a Gender and Development practitioner and a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faith & Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD explored the intersection of religion and gender within international development policy and practice. Since 2008, she has worked with international development organisations including the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), the German Development Agency (GIZ), the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI), Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), as well as the gender offices of multiple United Nations (UN) agencies. Nora holds a Master’s in Gender and Development from IDS and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Development Studies from the University of Sussex.