Edited by Sheila Shaver
Chapter 15: Shaping the way international organizations ‘see’ gender equality: the OECD and ECLAC
Given women’s traditional (and ongoing) responsibilities for unpaid domestic work, the rise in women’s labour market participation gives rise to work–family tensions and the need for policies to address these. This chapter examines the way the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) – two important international organizations (IOs), widely known for their policy-orientated research – have attempted to grapple with the issue. It addresses two key questions: through which kind of unit does each IO see the issue and how does this affect its understanding of thereof? Are femocrats – staff who combine feminist knowledge with skills in administration and management – well-placed to develop and assert their perspectives within the organization?
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