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Making sense of ‘intersectionality’

Online webinar
 15 Nov 2018
A man and woman pose for a photo in Nepal. Photo by Carol J. Pierce Colfer/CIFOR/Cornell

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is hosting the webinar “Making sense of ‘intersectionality'” on Nov. 15  from 3pm-4.30pm CET. The webinar is organized in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).

This webinar aims to introduce intersectionality to researchers working on applied agriculture and natural resource management research who are unfamiliar with the term and/or unsure about how to apply them in their research. Practitioners and policymakers who are concerned with using data, evidence and analyses to ensure that “no one is left behind” – one of the core promises of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development – would also find this webinar to be useful.

The webinar will provide:

  • A brief and accessible overview of the major approaches and debates surrounding the term in gender and feminist studies;
  • Propose a five-lens approach (cognitive, emotional, social, economic and political) in applying the term to applied agriculture and natural resource management research.
  • Discuss the value of being attentive to questions of ‘positionality’ and ‘reflexivity’ in our research; and
  • Suggest ways in which a wide range of research methods – from national level household surveys to participatory action research – can be leveraged to support marginalized individuals and communities to bring about socially inclusive change.

The webinar will be moderated by the Center for International Forestry Research’s (CIFOR) gender research leader Bimbika Sijapati Basnett. The discussants will be:

  • Carol J. Pierce Colfer, visiting scholar at Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program and senior associate with CIFOR.
  • Markus Ihalainen, research and engagement officer at CIFOR
  • Ruth Meinzen-Dick, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and coleader of the Flagship on Governance of Natural Resources under the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM).
  • Shelley Feldman, retired professor of development sociology as well as feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Cornell University.

For more information, view the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research’s event posting.

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