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Gender quotas have been introduced in politics in many European countries. But are quotas sufficient to create gender equality?
The political agenda, communication and staff are not aligned with a broad swathe of women and their ideological and intersectional diversity. This leads to a lack of trust and legitimacy, and unstable relationships between groups of women and their political institutions and politicians. In times of crisis, the informal social relationships of white men continue to have the upper hand.
A conversation with Karen Celis (RHEA, VUB) & Sarah Childs (Birkbeck, University of London). With video statements by Johanna Kantola (Tampere University in Finland) & Elin Bjarnegard (Uppsala University). Moderator: journalist and author Meredith Greer.
De invoering van genderquota in de politiek is in vele Europese landen een feit. Maar zijn quota voldoende om gendergelijkheid te creëren? De politieke agenda, communicatie en het personeel sluiten niet aan bij een brede waaier aan vrouwen in hun ideologische en intersectionele diversiteit. Dat laatste leidt tot een gebrek aan vertrouwen, legitimiteit en wankele relaties tussen groepen vrouwen, en hun politieke instellingen en politici. In tijden van crisis wordt er bovendien regelmatig teruggevallen op de bekende informele sociale netwerken die vaak wit en mannelijk blijven.
Een gesprek met Karen Celis (RHEA, VUB), Sarah Childs (Birkbeck, University of London) n.a.v. van hun boek Feminist Democratic Representation dat deze zomer verschijnt. Met een videostatements van Johanna Kantola (Tampere University in Finland) en Elin Bjarnegard (Uppsala University). Moderator: journalist en auteur Meredith Greer.
In het Engels.
Karen Celis is research professor at the Department of Political Science and co-director Research of RHEA (Centre of Expertise Gender Diversity and Intersectionality). She conducts theoretical and empirical research (qualitative, comparative) on political representation of groups (women, ethnic minorities, class, age groups, LGBT), equality policies and state feminism. In her more recent work she investigates the political representation of groups from an explicit intersectional perspective. Against this background, Celis investigates the implications of understanding women´s interests as plural, the political inclusion of ethnic minority men and women, and the normative standards for assessing the quality of substantive representation. She has published multiple articles and books. Currently she is working on Feminist Democratic Representation in collaboration with Sarah Childs which will be published later this year.
Sarah Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research centres on the theory and practice of women’s representation, gender and political parties, parliaments and institutional change. She has published three research books (New Labour’s Women MPs in 2004, Women and British Party Politics in 2008 and Sex Gender and the Conservative Party in 2012). A fourth book Feminist Democratic Representation is forthcoming with Karin Celis. Childs is also the author of The Good Parliament Report following a secondment to the House of Commons, and is currently advising the UK Women and Equalities Committee. In 2015 she received the UK Political Studies Association ‘Special Recognition Award’.
Meredith Greer is a Dutch author, journalist and (art) critic. She began her writing career at the online magazine hard//hoofd and the online newsroom Vrij Nederland. After her studies she led an online magazine for young art critics and she also organised the Museum Night in Amsterdam for three years in a row. Greer wrote a weekly column for HP/De Tijd, works as an editor (BNN/VARA and BNR Nieuwsradio) and writes articles (amongst others for Vrij Nederland). She´s also frequently invited to speak on television and radio and currently she´s working on an essay collection.
Dit evenement vond plaats op maandag 2 maart 2020
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