Gender Works: Oxfam Experience in Policy and Practice

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This important book is a multi-authored contribution to development debates on integrating gender issues into development institutions. The specially commissioned articles in Gender Works chart the experience of Oxfam in turning words into action on gender issues. It is a major contribution to the literature on "Gender in Development" and to the broader field of integrating gender issues into organizations. This is a key book for development researchers, practitioners, academics, and policymakers worldwide. ...

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Overview

This important book is a multi-authored contribution to development debates on integrating gender issues into development institutions. The specially commissioned articles in Gender Works chart the experience of Oxfam in turning words into action on gender issues. It is a major contribution to the literature on "Gender in Development" and to the broader field of integrating gender issues into organizations. This is a key book for development researchers, practitioners, academics, and policymakers worldwide. Contributors are from South and North, women and men, who work for or with Oxfam GB and other national Oxfams including Oxfam America and Novib.

The book is in five sections, each with an overview and between 4 and 6 papers. Introduction: In the name of gender; Management of gender issues; Organizational procedures; Evolution and solutions: The history of gender issues; Working at different levels; Challenges of implementation; Learning and good practice.

Highlights include:
· A clear and critical analysis of failures as well as successes in integrating gender into the work and structures of a major development NGO
· Practical contribution to the field, including an account of what really happened to one of the leading practitioners in the field
· A readable account which combines personal/professional experiences with analytical points. ‘Gender Works’ is organized in five sections:

1. The Challenges of Implementation
2. Organizational culture and procedures
3. The role of the specialist team
4. Working at different levels
5. Building capacity

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a book with a difference. These honest accounts give an unusual insight into the way a self-reflective organization grapples with gender subordination in a cross-cultural context."

" A brave book that tackles the successes and failures in Oxfam's attempts to make its institutional structures more women friendly. This book tells us what works and what doesn't, and why when an organization sets about taking gender seriously. A 'must read' for all development practitioners."

"This remarkable book is an honest reflection upon the many challenges which Oxfam has faced in its efforts to integrate gender into its work and culture over the past fifteen years. The articles by staff from around the world include specific case studies from implementation in the field, and from international networking and advocacy, but much of the book is devoted to questions of organizational culture, the role of a specialist team and the issues around building capacity in the organization. It has excellent detail on structures and attitudes, and on the balancing act between work and personal life, particularly for women with children. It is a unique text on gender and organization, which will become required reading for women's units everywhere, and for anyone who has faced the challenge of trying to get gender equality taken seriously....it is also a very entertaining read."

Gita Sen
A brave book that tackles the successes and failures in Oxfam's attempts to make its institutional structures more women friendly. This book tells us what works and what doesn't, and why when an organization sets about taking gender seriously. A 'must read' for all development practitioners.
Naila Kabeer
This is a book with a difference. These honest accounts give an unusual insight into the way a self-reflective organization grapples with gender subordination in a cross-cultural context.
Network Newsletter
This remarkable book is an honest reflection upon the many challenges which Oxfam has faced in its efforts to integrate gender into its work and culture over the past fifteen years. The articles by staff from around the world include specific case studies from implementation in the field, and from international networking and advocacy, but much of the book is devoted to questions of organizational culture, the role of a specialist team and the issues around building capacity in the organization. It has excellent detail on structures and attitudes, and on the balancing act between work and personal life, particularly for women with children. It is a unique text on gender and organization, which will become required reading for women's units everywhere, and for anyone who has faced the challenge of trying to get gender equality taken seriously.... it is also a very entertaining read...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780855984076
  • Publisher: Oxfam Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Fenella Porter is a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has over 20 years' experience in development and gender work and research.

Ines Smyth is Gender and Capacity Building Adviser in Oxfam GB and is co-editor of Searching for Security.

Caroline Sweetman is Editor of the international journal Gender and Development.

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