Call for papers: Gender and Development: Feminist solidarity and collective action

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CALL FOR PAPERS - Gender & Development: Feminist solidarity and collective action

The July 2013 issue of the international journal Gender & Development, (published for Oxfam GB by Routledge/Taylor and Francis) will look at Feminist Solidarity and Collective Action. In this issue we will bring together case studies of development and humanitarian work that supports women’s movements, and collaborates with grassroots women in transformative ways. Development and humanitarian activities are at times seen as a ‘business’ and part of the political mainstream, and as such to have little to do with transformations and solidarity. Moving beyond a focus on meeting women’s practical needs, transformative development recognises the power of political movements, and complements their work, following shared agendas in solidarity. In interventions in communities in the global South, development organisations need to ensure they support women’s collective action – their ‘power with’ – by working in ways which enable women to identify shared interests and take action in ways they consider appropriate to their situation, to achieve sustainable economic, social and political change.

This issue hopes to explore some of the key issues in grounded case studies of real experience of this wide range of concerns. Have development and humanitarian organisations responded to demands from women’s movements for solidarity in words and action? Where have they gone wrong, what has shown to be useful, and what learning comes out of this? What traditional and new forms of organisation are relevant for the goals of gender justice and women’s rights today? Grounded case studies, for example in livelihoods and microfinance projects? How does the action of coming together in solidarity transform the lives of women, their dependents, and the development and humanitarian interventions which touch their lives? How has the discovery of women’s ‘social capital’ – that is, their relationships and networks – changed development projects, and does this focus actually support feminist transformation or work against it? As formerly male-dominated trade unions react to the needs of female-dominated, flexible labour forces, what challenges face feminists working with them? How is collective action changing the agendas and outcomes of development projects focusing on supporting women in their roles as producers? As carers? How are issues of diversity - including age and race - being taken on in women’s movements and what is the difference between a woman’s issue and a gender issue? Why does this matter? What are the issues facing women’s organisations struggling for equal political representation?
Development and feminist policymakers and practitioners, and researchers, are all invited to share insights in this issue of Gender & Development. The journal is essential reading for all concerned with gender-fair development. It is currently read in over 90 countries, and our content is published as an online and print journal at We also publish material from the journal on our free access website at

Please send a paragraph outlining your proposed idea for an article for this issue to as soon as possible, and before the commissioning deadline: 22 October 2012. If we are able to offer space for your contribution, we will write to you by 25 October 2012 to say so. Commissioned articles will need to be completed for a deadline of 10 January 2013.

Please note, G&D has an editorial policy of publishing in clear, jargon-free English, in order to be of use to the widest possible readership. All articles need to be based on first-hand experience, or research on-the-ground in particular country contexts, and have direct relevance to development policy and practice. Don’t worry if you think you are not a writer for a journal – we will help you with style and language!

For full guidelines and more information on the journal visit

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