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Disrupting Institutional Rules and Organizational Practices for Women's Rights and Gender Equality


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Speaker(s): Aruna Rao
Chair: Naila Kabeer

Recorded on 24 January 2014 in TW1 G.01, Tower One.

We are pleased to announce that Aruna Rao, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Gender at Work, will be delivering a lunchtime seminar.

How can change be made to happen to disrupt the deep structures of gender inequality in the programs, policies and every-day practices of social change organizations, mainstream development agencies and systems? This presentation will use the Gender at Work analytical matrix as a ‘lens’ to examine this question in a set of organizations, assess outcomes, and highlight key questions and challenges.

Aruna Rao, an Indian national, is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Gender at Work (www.genderatwork.org), an international collaborative that strengthens organizations to build cultures of gender equality and social justice. She is an expert in the field of gender and development with over 30 years of experience in pioneering new approaches to gender and institutional change. She has consulted widely with a range of government, academic and development agencies. She has led the Boards of AWID and CIVICUS and served on the Board of the UN Democracy Fund. She has written extensively on gender equality and institutional change, gender mainstreaming, and human rights. Among Dr. Rao’s publications are Gender at Work: Organizational Change for Equality (Kumarian Press, 1999), and Gender Analysis and Development Planning (Kumarian Press, 1991). She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Columbia University, New York.

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