From Gender Promises to Gendered Policy in Agenda 2030 (Academic Panel)

This session will, using case study examples, explore how the promises of engendering sustainable development post-2015 could be put into policy practice. With 17 Goals and 169 Targets the SDGs represent a broad and diverse notion of ‘sustainable development’. Promises of data disaggregation across the SDGs promote sustainable development as gendered. Yet, the ambitious gender focused SDG could be seen more as an aspiration than an achievable goal, and this is echoed in the vague language of other goals. For example, health remains an important measure of human development but the ability to effectively incorporate a gender perspective in all aspects of health remains open to debate. In terms of environmental sustainability, the related goals are planet rather than people focused making it difficult to see how a gender perspective could be included within them. Many agree then it is the indicators that will set the real parameters of what is really being understood as representing ‘sustainable development’ within the 2030 Agenda. This panel welcomes papers that seek to explore how a gendered sustainable development can be imagined and measured in policy and practice in the 2030 context.

Dr. Sarah Bradshaw, Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Management, Middlesex University and Dr. Jasmine Gideon, Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, Birkbeck, University of London