Date of Award

2010

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

Lynne Phillips

Keywords

Social sciences

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Abstract

The United Nation's Millennium Development Goals were implemented in the year 2000 in efforts to re-energize social development initiatives on a global scale. As a UN organization, UNIFEM has an obligation to integrate this new framework for development into their current mandate, regardless of whether or not it is perceived as useful to UNIFEM's goals and activities. This study explores the nature of the relationship between UNIFEM and the MDGs, and questions the implications this interface has on the construction of pathways to achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. My findings suggest that over time, UNIFEM operates more like the bureaucratic organization of the UN, and less like a social movement organization many feminists expect it to be. This indicates a narrowing of the possibilities imaginable for the futures of women on the part of UNIFEM.

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