Time and Location

Monday, 29 April 2013, 19:00 – 21:00
Diplomatische Akademie Wien, Festsaal
Favoritenstraße 15a, 1040 Vienna


Gita Sen
Centre for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, Harvard School of Public Health

Hanna Hacker
Department of Development Studies University of Vienna

Welcome: Alexandra Toth, VIDC

Gita Sen Where is the trump card? Overcoming the critical barriers to gender equality in development

© Gita Sen
© Gita Sen


Despite almost four decades of sustained research, advocacy and activism, progress in achieving gender equality in development has been inconsistent and woefully inadequate. Are there critical barriers to making progress, and what are they? The talk will identify strengths and weaknesses of current approaches. It will draw on current debates triggered by the processes towards a post 2015 development agenda to reflect on how we can protect, promote and fulfill the human rights of girls and women.
This lecture is part of the lecture series “Feministisch ‘entwickeln’?!”- Feminist Perspectives on Development. More Information available here.


Gita Sen

She is Professor at the Centre for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. She is a co-founder of DAWN - Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. Gita Sen was a consultant to various international organizations such as UNIFEM, The World Bank or UNFPA.

Hanna Hacker

She is Professor for Social and Cultural Development Research at the Department of Development Studies University of Vienna. She works as a sociologist and historian with feminist and postcolonial approaches to analyze international inequalities.


Information to the lecture