About the Project
Since 2000 there has been a marked increase in the number of women as contributors to international politics and global governance; these include roles such as UN executive heads, ambassadors and permanent representatives, special envoys, heads of state and government, and foreign and defence secretaries. Yet, while political scientists have noticed an increase in women in governments, very little has been written about this from an IR perspective as feminist IR has historically rejected women as leaders in international politics for both analytical as well as political reasons.
As part of this project we are setting out to challenge established IR feminist narratives, for example by building on work undertaken by gender & politics researchers in domestic contexts. We analyse not only where and how these changes have occurred i.e. where an increase in the number of women in international politics can be observed, but also what this means for the making of international politics.
One of our goals is to collate data on women in various roles in international politics and global governance to illustrate that women are no longer entirely absent from this field. This is a work on progress and builds on the work on many others, in particular equality campaign groups. We hope that eventually more attention will be paid to women in this field and that political scientists and others will consider them as relevant for their work.
We currently investigate the role of women leaders in feminist IR theory, explanations for women's substantive representation in international politics, the selection of women to executive roles in the UN incl. to the position of Secretary-General, how women shape roles that are generally considered to be 'dead' or irrelevant, as well as the history of quotas in the United Nations.
The project team
Dr Kirsten Haack
University of Osnabrück
Ana Elina Benvenutto Gonzalez