Current issues in global and local gender: Why feminism is important again and why it’s for men too – Seminar this week!

Current issues in global and local gender: Why feminism is important again and why it’s for men too

Seminar this week by Dr. Carol Webb, at Middlesex University Dubai (Dubai Knowledge Village, Block 16, Oasis Lecture Theatre, 4-5pm). All welcome!

Abstract

This seminar will outline current developments in society at the global and local level pertaining to current issues in gender. Principally, this equates to a resurgence in activities and movements which could once more be labelled feminist, in seeking to continually strive to achieve the UN goal of #Planet5050 in harmony with the global sustainability goal of gender equality. Obstacles and challenges in achieving these goals differ from country to country, social group and culture – as always, diversity abounds. Of key relevance locally are some strong case studies of initiatives led by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, where in particular, his Leadership Development Programme is helping to even up lack of female representation at senior levels of Emirati leadership and decision making, seeing women break into hitherto male dominated industries and sectors such as oil and gas in the desert, high profile legal case work, and cabinet membership. In the UK, Minister Justine Greening has led the initiative requiring all organisations to reveal gender pay gaps by latest April 2018. As a result, we have already seen the backlash from high profile female BBC presenters who have discovered how much less they are paid than their male counterparts. It is stated that by eliminating the gender pay gap in the UK that GDP could be boosted by 150billion GBP yearly. In a post Brexit world this is a key economic driver that will now no doubt be addressed. The UN has launched a variety of initiatives such as #HeForShe to make the issue one for both men and women in global society. However, many challenges exist that make gender equality, as most social inequalities, a systemic and structural issue. This seminar will explore the topic further and raise questions about what interventions could be led to make further advancements in this arena.

Biography

Dr. Webb obtained her Ph.D. in management learning in 2006 from Cranfield University and is now employed as a lecturer on the International Foundation Programme and MA Education at Middlesex University Dubai. She has worked in education as a teacher in a variety of roles and at a variety of levels since 1996. This has brought her a significant breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in both adult and secondary education in a wide range of national and international settings, including: HE, FE, government-funded training establishments, offender learning environments, LA/academy status secondary schools, and a private, independent international all-through school.  Dr. Webb has more than 6 years of experience as an active researcher working across multidisciplinary fields and has supervised the completion of more than 15 masters level dissertations. She has also lectured on undergraduate, masters, and MBA courses, and led many Ph.D. level workshops and contributed to Ph.D. level supervision activities having had the benefit of Ph.D. supervision training. See her giving a 6 minute presentation at the 2014 SLT Teachmeet in Stratford: https://vimeo.com/100649496

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