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What’s the problem represented to be?: A study of four actors' description of gender equality
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates how gender equality is being described by four actors who includes gender equality within their work. These four are:

Kosovo Stability Initiative, Development for Democracy, Embassy of Sweden in Pristina, and a feminist activist and writer.

Questions:In which ways are gender equality described? What issues are mentioned in the context of gender equality? What is not problematized in the description of gender equality?

To answer the research questions, semi-structured interviews were held in Pristina, Kosovo, in March and April 2017. Five different approaches are used to categorize the answers and Carol Bacchis’ "What’s the problem represtented to be" is used to analyze the discourse.

Results: It is concluded that all the three questions have a several different answers. Gender equality is described as: a goal; a process; a tool and a principle. Issues that all four respondents mention are; patriarchy; traditions; corruption; implementation of laws; gender roles; gender blindness; maternity leave law; employment; political positions and education. The expected role of women, and the impact of not deciding if gender differences should be valuated or erased, is not being problematized.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 39
Keywords [en]
Gender equality; Development; Kosovo; Women in Development; Gender and Development; Empowerment; Efficiency; Gender Mainstreaming
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Political Science Globalisation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-142403DiVA, id: diva2:1161124
Educational program
Programme for International Crisis and Conflict Management
Available from: 2017-11-29 Created: 2017-11-29 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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