Past Event

CSW60 When women’s empowerment isn’t enough: Provocations on power to address intersectional inequality

23 March 2016 12:30–15:00

UN Church Center,
Boss Room, 10th Floor,
777 UN Plaza,
New York,
NY 10017,
United States

The Sustainable Development Goal principles reflect a shared commitment by the international development community to ‘leave no one behind’. Evidence from research, however, reveals the extent to which development is undermined by a failure to recognise power in much work on gender, sexuality and women’s empowerment.

This session will present findings from research partnerships that have adopted an intersectional approach to sustainable development, including insights on:

  • The impact of a singular focus on women’s empowerment in gender policy for reproducing power and privilege
  • Practical avenues to enable an intersectional approach that can better enhance sustainable equality for all in the next development era.


  • Althea Anderson, Sonke Gender Justice
  • Deepta Chopra, Institute of Development Studies
  • Elizabeth Mills, Institute of Development Studies
  • Jerker Edström, Institute of Development Studies

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