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Gender Democracy

Gender democracy, a concept that addresses the structural and societal causes of the inequality of men and women, is an overarching and cross-cutting theme for all activities of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Our whole programmatic work always integrates considerations of gender equality. We continuously promote this broader understanding of gender equality by striving to inject gender awareness and perspectives in international political processes and institutions.

Gender & Economic Governance

Policy Paper

Implementing Gender Equality at the World Bank

- May 31, 2013 - Gender equality efforts at the World Bank are not new. Several recent World Bank and external reports have taken stock of how successfully gender equality concerns have been mainstreamed in World Bank activities in the past few years.  This analysis finds that while there have been some improvements ,persistent weaknesses in implementation remain largely due to a focus on internal process over gender equality impacts in developing countries.  more»
The G20, Gender Equality and Global Economic Governance


Missing Women: The G20, Gender Equality and Global Economic Governance

- March 13, 2013 - The policy priorities of the G20 have profound gender implications, although the G20 rarely recognizes this fact.  This report explores the possibilities for gender bias in the G20's policies, including those related to: fiscal and monetary priorities, employment, social protection, and development.  James Heintz - University of Massachusetts, Amherst more»
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Gender & Ecology

Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Policy Paper

Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Where Does it Stand?

- April 5, 2013 - The post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have the potential to make a positive, long-lasting difference in addressing today's myriad of unresolved challenges and fundamental crises if they focus on gender equality and macro-economic policy reform. This paper analyses how gender equality is taken up in the post-Rio+20 process.  Alexandra Spieldoch more»
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Gender & Foreign and Security Policy


Women's Voices, Women's Choices

February 25, 2011 - On the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of the International Women's Day and to celebrate women empowerment, the Heinrich Böll Foundation publishes a dossier with articles and contributions from all over the world. more»


Peace and Security for All

- March 23, 2010 - In this publication the Gunda Werner Institute in the Heinrich Böll Foundation presents a detailed position paper to contribute to the international debate on peace and security policy. The paper is based on a 2006 discussion paper, which has been extensively up-dated and revised. more»
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Gender & Democracy


Transitional Justice

April 14, 2014 - Until now, transitional justice has, in many places, failed to address gender dimensions but increasingly so the issues of inequality, hierarchies and violence patterns. This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.  more»


Afghanistan's Transition in the Making

- December 5, 2012 -

Afghanistan represents a very particular case of military intervention-cum-state-building-cum-democratization. Afghan women parliamentarians and civil society actors have positioned themselves against a complete withdrawal of the international community by 2014. Given the historical legacies and the role played by international intervention actors “good enough” does not seem to be an adequate response vis-à-vis the multi-faceted challenges and high stakes on the Afghan transition process.  

Andrea Fleschenberg more»

Policy Paper

Women, Revolution, Politics and Power

- December 16, 2011 - During the Arab uprisings, an unprecedented number of women took to the streets, paving the way for a more important role in politics. However, in the transitional period that follows, they now have to fight against their exclusion from the political arena. Dalal al-Bizri more»
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Job Announcement
Office & Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director
The Heinrich Böll Foundation North America is accepting applications for the position of Office and Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director. We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual with an interest in green policy issues. Qualified candidates have a BA and are fluent in English and German. The position is full-time. The start date for the position is July1st, 2014.

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