Trade, Gender and Post-War Recovery, Part Two: Visioning Feminist Trade Alternatives for Sustainable Peace

Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 09:00 to 10:30
Location: 
Online via Zoom
Description: 
The second in a two-part webinar series, "Trade, Gender & Post-War Recovery: Exploring the Arguments & Intersections," a collaboration between the Gender & Trade Coalition and Consortium on Gender, Security & Human Rights.
 
Part Two, now available here, explored how feminist thinkers have envisioned alternatives for post-war recovery and sustainable peace. Such alternatives include: feminist approaches to growing economies after war; social and physical infrastructure centered in feminist thinking; feminist state and budget planning to center and nurture women; and the violence of neoliberal economic models in rebuilding egalitarian post-war societies. This webinar featured:
 
Chair: Nancy Kachingwe, South Feminist Futures
Nandini Chami, IT for Change
Diyana Yahaya, Independent Feminist Activist
 
Nancy Kachingwe is a Harare-based feminist political economist and co-founder/Coordinator of South Feminist Futures. Her work centers on women's rights, public policy and advocacy strategy. She has worked in various international and regional development NGOs in Brussels, Harare, Accra and Johannesburg on a wide range of development issues including trade and globalization, regional integration, land rights, women's empowerment and climate change. She now works as an advisor to NGOs providing policy and advocacy support including training, facilitation, analysis and programme formulation with feminist political lens. 
 
Nandini Chami is Deputy Director and a Fellow at IT for Change, based in Bengaluru, India. She is engaged in policy research and advocacy at the intersections of digital policy, development justice and gender equality. Her research interests are data justice, inclusive platform economies, and gender and digital trade. She is part of advocacy efforts around the 2030 development agenda on issues of 'data for development' and digital technologies and gender justice. She also provides strategic support to IT for Change's field center, Prakriye. This work includes training programmes for women's rights groups on adopting digital tools in their field practice, and critical 'education for empowerment' for rural adolescent girls. She has a Master's in Urban and Rural Community Development from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.  
 
Diyana Yahaya is an independent feminist activist, researcher, facilitator and a member of the Gender and Trade Coalition based in Malaysia. Her work centers on trade and economic justice through a feminist lens and through incorporating feminist participatory pedagogy and action research methodologies. She is part of the Feminist COVID-19 Response Collective and authored "Another World is Possible: A Feminist Monitoring & Advocacy Toolkit for Our Feminist Future." She also recently concluded the design and delivery of training on Gender Equality and Macroeconomics for IWRAW-AP. Diyana's other recent publications include "A Feminist Agenda for People and Planet: Principles and Recommendations for a Global Feminist Economic Justice Agenda" for the Action Nexus for Generation Equality (2021) and "Creating a feminist alliance for trade justice," in Open Democracy (2020). Previously, she was a programme officer at the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), researching, building capacities and engaging in trade policy-making on gender impact of trade policy and promoting feminist alternatives to current trade agreements. 
 
Webinar Series Background
In this two-part webinar series, we examine the kind of trading paradigms currently being pursued in post-war contexts, and ask what relationships these have–if any–with sustainable peace? A feminist analysis is critical to this exploration, as it is not only the realm of war/peace/security, but also the realm of trade, that have deeply gendered dynamics, and the successes and failures of recovery and reconstruction are felt disproportionately by women. The unequal gendered impacts of trade liberalization and the international free trade architecture that promote it have been well-documented by feminist scholars and activists in recent decades. More recently, the connections between climate justice, digital justice, and trade justice have also been highlighted. These analyses have been successful at illuminating the unequal global dynamics of power that exist between the north and south and the extractive relationship that underpins it. However, the intersections of gender, trade and post war recovery remain a relatively unexplored area, a gap this webinar series is meant to address.
 
This webinar series is co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston's Anthropology Department; Asian Studies Department; Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; Economics Department; History Department; The Honors College; Latino Studies Program; School for Global Inclusion and Social Development; School for the Environment; Sociology Department; and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department and Human Rights Minor.

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