Institute of Development Studies
Strategies of Feminist Bureaucrats: United Nations Experiences
- Joanne Sandler and Aruna Rao with Preface by Rosalind Eyben - 2012
- ISBN 9781781180655
- 35 pages
- Printed price £5
IDS Working Papers - 397
This paper explores the challenges and opportunities for feminists working as women’s rights and gender equality specialists in the United Nations as analysed from a practitioner perspective. Part 1 by Joanne Sandler analyses the experience of feminists struggling with the institutional sexism of the UN bureaucratic machine and shows how this played out in the difficult but ultimately successful negotiations around the creation of UN Women. In Part 2, Aruna Rao describes how cross-agency UN Gender Theme Groups worked together through a process of reflexive inquiry to strengthen the gender equality programming of three UN Country Teams, respectively in Morocco, Albania and Nepal.