Missing links: on the decoupling between women's rights policies, outcomes and reports

Ilonze, Princess C. (2020) Missing links: on the decoupling between women's rights policies, outcomes and reports. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Countries continuously fall short of gender equality goals despite countless efforts to promote change. Therefore, I ask: Why do these inequalities persist, especially among low- to middle-income countries and regardless of the international support they receive? Using a World Society lens, this thesis examines policies and practices in gender and development to understand the gap between their objectives and results. I employ a mixed-methods approach in two related studies. The first study is a quantitative analysis of the impact of laws against gendered employment-discrimination on women's participation in quality work. In the second study, I carry out a discourse analysis on country self-reports on their CEDAW implementation efforts. In an appendix, I apply the findings from both chapters to the context of Newfoundland and Labrador. The findings from this thesis suggest a need for reform to ensure that gender equality policies are adequately adapted to the cultural context.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/14655
Item ID: 14655
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: Decoupling, Gender Inequality, Women's rights policies, Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW, Discourse Analysis, Mixed methods research
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Sociology
Date: October 2020
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Sexism--Political aspects; Sex differences--Government policy.

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