In the previous series, we engaged in conversations about the importance of learning from feminist civil society movements and the need for greater collaboration between the public health field and feminist civil society. This new series kicks off by delving deeper into questioning the nature and role of the UN’s collective power as a way to advance gender equality. Over the last few decades, the UN has made notable strides in improving gender equality. However, a think piece authored by Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun and Joanne Sandler, invites readers to critically consider the nature of collective power and action within the UN and to reflect on why and how a major paradigm shift is required in the way we conceive, talk about, and enact coordination for gender equality in the UN. In this think piece, Zineb and Joanne explore the following: (1) insights and lessons learned about the factors that support and impede the UN’s collective power on gender equality; (2) how feminist thinking about collaboration and collective power could enhance the UN’s approach to coordination; and (3) changing structures and incentives for supporting greater collective power and action on gender equality.
Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun is a Senior Consultant and member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network and Joanne Sandler is a Senior Associate, Gender at Work.
This mini-series explores the power of the collective in advancing gender equality in health. While there have been notable advancements in gender equality as a result of UN action, questions are raised as to whether these gains are commensurate with the considerable efforts and investments made toward UN coordination and explores what lessons can be drawn from feminist action. In this episode, we are joined by our host, Johanna Riha, along with Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun and Joanne Sandler who co-authored a think piece on this topic.
About our guest speakers:
- Johanna Riha, Research Fellow at UNU-IIGH and host of this podcast episode
- Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, Senior Consultant and member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network
- Joanne Sandler, Senior Associate, Gender at Work
- What Works in Gender and Health in the United Nations: Lessons Learned from Cases of Successful Gender Mainstreaming across Five UN Agencies