2030 was the year we were meant to achieve gender equality yet, we are further away than ever. Rising cases of violence against women combined with job losses and economic uncertainty as a result of the pandemic have pushed aside any hopes of achieving gender equality this decade. Yet, despite these setbacks, organizations, activists and individuals continue to push towards a just, sustainable and equitable future that works for everyone, not just the privileged. Will you join us? Women in Dev: The Podcast is a monthly show set to explore and reimagine the international development sector, drawing on feminist principles to challenge the current power imbalances and to show what a locally-owned, women led development sector could really look like. Aimed at those interested in a feminist, progressive development space, each episode will feature an interview with a prominent figure in the field and will unpick the status quo when it comes to development practices, everything from funding to representation to youth empowerment. You will leave with ideas and inspiration on how we can do development differently to achieve equality for people everywhere.
Tuesday Sep 28, 2021
Tuesday Sep 28, 2021
Welcome to the first episode of the Women in Dev podcast, where we'll reimagine the international development sector by challenging funding, representation and accountability practices, and discussing radical actions that can make the future equitable for us all. Each podcast will be hosted by Wallis Grant.
This month, we are joined by the incredible Kavita Ramdas, Director of Women's Rights Programs at Open Society Foundations. Kavita's previous work has included serving as a strategy advisor for MADRE and as CEO of Global Fund for Women. She is a globally recognised advocate on gender and equity.
In a year where we saw huge commitments to gender equality at Generation Equality Forum (GEF), Kavita helps us answer the question: do they work and for whom? She shares her experiences of attending the Beijing gathering in 1995 and what it was like to meet women from all different lives who experienced similar things to you. We discuss the importance of holding big institutions accountable and ways grassroots organisations can do this. And she finishes the episode by telling us her hopes for a post-Covid world and why young people might just be the answer.