Workshop on gender justice and the EU's external policies

Gender is a cross-cutting dimension of GLOBUS. This workshop brought together insights to analyse the gender dimension of EU foreign policy within the specific fields of climate change, trade, development, asylum/migration and security.

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About the workshop

In international relations, gender equality and women’s rights are often considered as low salience issues with limited relevance for the analysis of ‘high politics’. Yet if the aim truly is to secure a just global order, it is not possible to ignore the interests of half of the world’s population and disregard the implications of gender, gendered power structures and gender roles.   

Thus gender, as well as sexual orientation, is a cross-cutting concern, addressed in all of GLOBUS' work packages.

The aim of this workshop was two-fold: first to collate and stimulate gender-related research within each of the four substantive thematic areas; second to begin to identify cross-cutting patterns in the significance and implications of gender for EU foreign policy more broadly. In both instances, theoretical and policy-oriented research will be presented.

It was also the goal of this workshop to bring together scholarly communities focusing on gender-related research with those who do not look at gendered approaches to the projects' thematic concerns. This will enrich and strengthen respective research agendas. The workshop also engaged directly with the practical concerns of policymakers. It identified best-practice strategies concerning the transformative potential of gender mainstreaming in EU foreign policy, while also identifying challenges that arise from contested conceptions of justice more broadly.

Finally, the workshop followed a dedicated strategy for publishing its scholarly contributions. It will also generate policy-related briefing papers and blogs. 


Thursday 29 November






Panel 1: Development and trade I
Chair: Pundy Pillay, University of Witwatersrand

Serena Guisti and Clara Della Valle, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento,A Fragile Bottom-Up Approach: The Gender Dimension of the ENP Trough the Case of Tunisia’.
Marcia Garcia, University of Bath, ‘Preferential Trade and Gender’
Kholiswa Malindini Maziyana and Odile Mackett, University of Witwatersrand, ‘Trade Liberalization and Gender’.


Coffee break


Panel 2: Development and trade II
Chair: Patrick Paul Walsh, University College Dublin

Markus Thiel, Florida International University, ‘The EU’s International LGBTI Rights Norm Protection: Between Norms and Geopolitics
Johanne Døhlie Saltnes, ARENA Centre for European Studies, ‘Global justice and the promotion of sexual minority rights: Explaining donors' foreign policy responses to the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda’.
Ibrahim Natil, Dublin City University, ‘EU Aid and Women Empowerment Programs in Palestine’.





Panel 3: Global perspectives
Chair: Helene Sjursen, ARENA Centre for European Studies

Deep K Data Ray, OP Jindal Global University, ‘Engaging Gender Across Borders: The EU, India, and an Ontological “In”’.
Katarina Dalacoura, London School of Economics and Political Science, ‘Gender in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Navigating Ethical and Policy Dilemmas at the Post-2011 Juncture’.




Policy and practitioner rountable
Chair: Helene Sjursen, ARENA Centre for European Studies

Karin Aggestam, Lund University
Niall Burgess, Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland
Jennifer Cassidy, Oxford University


Panel 4: Migration I
Chair: Sonia Lucarelli, University of Bologna

Laura-Kristin Eder, Saarland University and Darius Ribbe, University of Cologne, ‘Deconstructing “the refugee(s)” in the political debate on the policies of the European Migration Regime(s)’.
Santosh Kumar Mishra, S. N. D. T. Women's University, ‘Gaps in Protection in Gender Aspects of International Migration: Case from Europe’.
Gillian Wylie, University of Dublin – Trinity College, ‘The Trafficking-Justice Paradox: Human Trafficking Discourses and the Legitimation of Europe's Exclusionary Migration Policies’.


Coffee break


Panel 5: Migration II
Chair: Graham Finlay, University College Dublin

Natalie Welfens, University of Amsterdam, ‘The EU’s Agenda on Migration: Expanding Gender Norms in Times of Crisis?”
Noemi Cascone, European Centre for Development Policy Management, ‘The Integration of Gender Aspects into the EU Trust Fund for Africa

Vera S.B. Skjetne, ARENA Centre for European Studies, ‘Gender Justice in EU’s Migration Policy: Combating Sex Trafficking in the Face of Migrant Crisis’.

Friday 30 November


Panel 6: Security I
Chair: Melanie Hoewer, University College Dublin

Stephanie Anderson, University of Wyoming, ‘Of Heroic Narratives, Knights in Shining Armour, and Damsels in Distress: How the European Union Depicts Itself in its Common Security and Defence Policy Information Campaigns’.
Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey, ’Feminist Power Europe? Between Emancipation and Co-optation’.
Dawn Walsh, University College Dublin, ‘EU Mediation Efforts and Gender Justice Outcomes’.


Coffee break


Panel 7: Security II
Chair: Nikola Tomic, University College Dublin

Anthoni Van Nieuwkerk and Loveness Nyakujarah, University of the Witwatersrand, ’Exploring the Role of Women in African Mediation: Implications for the EU’.
Marjin Hoijtink, Free University Amsterdam and Hanna Muehlenhoff, University of Amsterdam, ‘Stepping up EU's Common Security and Defence Policy in Times of Crisis: The EU as a Masculine Military Power’.





Panel 8: Climate change
Chair: Franziskus von Lucke, University of Tubingen

Jane Maher, University of Dublin – Trinity College, ’A Multiscale Analysis of Gender in Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Implementation in Malawi’.
Louise Fitzgerald, University College Dublin, ‘An Ideational Analysis of EU Climate & Energy Policy: Implications for Justice’.
Sadbh O’Neill, University College Dublin, ‘A GLOBUS perspective on article 6 of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change’.
Gill Allwood, Nottingham Trent University, ‘Gender and Climate Change’.


Close and departure

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Tags: Gender, global justice
Published Oct. 30, 2017 1:40 PM - Last modified Dec. 13, 2018 11:36 AM