Call for Papers – Gender & Development: Citizenship

The November 2011 issue of the international journal Gender & Development, (published for Oxfam GB by Routledge/Taylor and Francis) will focus on Citizenship. G&D is essential reading for all concerned with gender-fair development. We are currently read in over 90 countries, and our content is published as a journal, both on-line and in print. We also publish our content on our free access website: please visit

Development and feminist policymakers and practitioners, and academic researchers, are all invited to share insights from research and experience of Citizenship-focused development/humanitarian work in particular country contexts, which has direct relevance to development policy and practice.

This issue focuses on development initiatives and activism focusing on the gender aspects of Citizenship – the relationship between people and the state.

For women all over the world, the status of independent citizen, with political, social and economic equality with men, has been hard-won. In many countries, struggles continue to ensure states treat women equally with men, in law, policy and practice.

Particular challenges face both women and men, boys and girls, in so-called ‘failed’ or ‘fragile’ states: survival in the face of violence, insecurity, and lack of the most basic resources.

Denial of women’s equal rights may be used as a reason to intervene and seek regime change in supposedly independent sovereign states, and controversies rage about this.

Another set of challenges comes from global economic change. Unregulated market forces leave the state little power to protect citizens, and millions of women and men migrant workers are living as aliens in states where they have no citizenship, and no recourse when their rights are violated by employers.

How do these facts affect women’s ability to realise their rights and entitlements as citizens, and what does this mean for poverty and development? What is the role of development and women’s organisations in supporting active citizens and effective states? We’d envisage articles focusing on international development projects, including advocacy, information and community development, aiming to address the following:

• Working on women’s citizenship rights in a context of failing states
• What do citizenship and legal equality mean for women in countries where custom and customary law still dictate their realities? How can development organisations help?
• When citizenship is mediated/shaped by religion and religious institutions: what are the implications for women, their dependents, and gender equality? What can we do?
• Researching gender and citizenship: key emerging research questions, most interesting and/or innovative research methods, research gaps

• Getting women’s citizenship rights high on the agendas of development organisations – what are the links between citizenship, national development, and poverty alleviation? Lessons from different organisations and how gender advocates have done this
• Citizenship and migrant workers: how can they realise their rights? Are there special challenges for women workers?
• Gender, citizenship and identity – what happens to women’s citizenship rights when other kinds of rights come into focus?
• Gender, citizenship and reform agendas

This issue is to be jointly edited by Lina Abou-Habib, Director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development – Action (Lebanon), and incoming President of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID); Jo Rowlands, of Oxfam GB; and Caroline Sweetman, Editor of Gender & Development.

Please send a paragraph outlining your proposed idea to, as soon as possible, and before the commissioning deadline: 21 February 2011.

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. G&D particularly welcomes contributions from first-time writers with first-hand experience to share.

For more information about the journal including full guidelines for contributors, please visit


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3 Responses to Call for Papers – Gender & Development: Citizenship

  1. tell me more of it

  2. LYDIA KAUGI says:

    I am interested in this debate.

  3. What do they expect from us youth. No qualification is consindered, how can we be led by the youth who hv no way forward. Obvious the admin will prefer the weakest youth council

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