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Global Gender Programs: Knowledge Transfer, Actors and Networks

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Child marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting and gender-biased sex selection affect close to one billion women and girls worldwide and are powerful examples of “sticky” policy problems. Over the past decade, UN-lead global gender programs have emerged that seek to share knowledge and enact policy change to eradicate these harmful practices. Despite the promise of such programs, the challenges involved in working across different cultures and policy regimes may prevent them from fully achieving their goals to inform policies and reduce gender discrimination. Very little is known how knowledge is transferred through these programs and how it translated into concrete policy. This research project uses the actor-network theory to assess knowledge transfer in three global gender programs to inform about the functioning and efficacy in providing solutions to global public challenges.

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Laura Rahm is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute. She is also a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, the Sociology Department of the University of Toronto, and the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Political Sociology and Demography from the Sorbonne University, Paris. Laura specializes in global governance, population, and gender policies with a focus on harmful practices.

The event is organized as part of the DI's Knowledge Transfer in Global Gender Programmes: The Case of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and Gender-Biased Sex Selection (GlobalKnoT) project.

flagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 894029. The communication reflects the views of the author. The Research Executive Agency cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.