Approaching Final Destination: Envisioning Gender Equality as Outcome

Event information
Venue:The Women's Park, 10251 West Flagler Street, Miami
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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center (GC) Panthersuite

Approaching final destination: Envisioning gender equality as outcome

International Workshop, Florida International University, March 19-20, 2015

Over the last four decades, a myriad of different actors including women’s rights movements, governments, international organizations, and businesses have declared gender equality an important goal. More significantly, they have developed manifold initiatives to work toward that goal, bearing in mind that a more gender equal world requires proactive measures. However, we do not know much about the outcomes of gender equality policies. Scholarly analyses have taught us a lot about setting mechanisms in motion that are expected to create more gender equality, but not on the actual outcomes of such mechanisms.

This workshop wants to address this void. It brings together outcome-focused research on gender equality policies with reflections on how gender equality can be realized within broader parameters of societal change; it also wants to connect academic experts with gender equality activists in Miami.

The workshop kicks off on Thursday evening, March 19, with a presentation of Miami-specific gender equality initiatives. We will get together in Miami’s Women’s Park, a place that was created to represent the city’s herstory. On Friday, March 20, workshop participants will meet at FIU’s Panther Suite, and explore gender equality as outcome along three themes:

  1. The power of measuring gender: Gender measurements have been created to better grasp gender inequalities, make them visible, and effectively combat them. However, they also tend to simplify social realities and silence social phenomena that cannot be represented by numbers. Panelists discuss the potentials and problems the measurement logic entails in regard to achieving gender equality.
  2. Conceptualizing gender equality policy outcomes: Outcomes of gender equality policies are contingent on goal definition, interests and resources of diverse stakeholders, degree of transformation envisioned, and policy design and implementation, among other factors. Panelists present new concepts to assess outcomes of gender equality policies, drawing both on advocacy work and academic analysis.
  3. Advancing gender equality as a “moving target”: Gender equality policies unfold within complex and dynamic social relations which makes it difficult to assume a linear cause-effect relationship between political measures and real life change. Panelists address broad dimensions of social transformation and their meaning for gender equality as “final destination”.

Workshop schedule

Thursday, March 19
(The Women’s Park, 10251 West Flagler Street, Miami)

6:00 Welcome
Susanne Zwingel, Florida International University

6:15 – 7:30 Miami Gender Equality herstories

  • Anne McCudden, Manager, Roxcy O’Neal Bolton Women’s History Gallery
  • Yesim Darici and Suzanna Rose, Florida International University
  • Laura Morilla, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
  • Marcia Olivo, Miami Workers Center
  • Maribel Balbin, League of Women Voters

7:30 Reception, dinner and mingling

For this part of the workshop, childcare will be provided upon request. Please indicate demand by contacting Lany Muñoz at

Friday, March 20
(Panther Suite, Graham Center, Florida International University, MMC campus, 11200 Southwest 8th Street, Miami)

8:30 Arrival, coffee and snacks
9:00 Welcome

  • Meredith Newman, Vice Provost for Faculty
  • Bill Anderson, College of Arts and Sciences
  • John Stack, Director, School of International and Public Affairs
  • Thematic introduction, Susanne Zwingel

9:15 - 11:00
Panel I: The Power of Measuring Gender
Chair: Tatiana Kostadinova, Politics and International Relations, Florida International University

  • Gender (in)equality indices – simplistic or simply useful?
    Debra Liebowitz, Drew University and Susanne Zwingel, Florida International University
  • Putting the Cart before the Horse: The potential and limits of gender statistics
    Shahra Razavi, Chief of Research and Data, UN Women
  • Going beyond the “gap”: Decomposition of levels and returns
    Mimi Oseni, Senior Economist, Living Standards Measurement Study, The World Bank
  • Number Magic: Magic Numbers. A critical review of their value
    Shirin Rai, University of Warwick, UK

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 1:15
Panel II: Conceptualizing Gender Equality Policy Outcomes
Chair: Rebecca Friedman, History/ European Studies Program, Florida International University

  • Gauging Progress: the Due Diligence Framework for State Accountability to end Violence against Women
    Janine Moussa, Co-Director, Due Diligence Project
  • Gender equality between law and implementation: The case of work-family policies in Latin America
    Merike Blofield, University of Miami
  • A Glass Half Empty: Candidate Gender Quotas and Political Recruitment
    Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, University of Miami
  • Toward a Feminist Measure of Gender Equality: Lessons from the Gender Equality Policy in Practice Project
    Amy Mazur, Washington State University, Gender Equality Policy in Practice Project

1:15-2:15 Lunch

2:15 – 4:00
Panel III: Advancing Gender Equality as a “Moving Target”
Chair: Sarah Mahler, Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University

  • Lost at the Intersection: (Dis)Placing Women and Gender Equality in Post-Conflict State-building
    Doris Buss, Gender Equality Measurement group, Carleton University
  • Gender (in)equality in the context of austerity policies: the case of the UK
    Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex
  • Much Better? Way Worse? The Conflicting Messages of Gender Equality Indices in the Post-Communist Region
    Katalin Fábián, Lafayette College
  • Widening the Frame on a Moving Target: Gender in the Post-2015 Agenda
    Karen Judd, City University of New York

4:00 – 4:15 Break

4:15 – 4:45
Final discussion and closing remarks

This event is generously sponsored by FIU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the School of International and Public Affairs, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity, and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and supported by the Women’s Studies Student Association.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Susanne Zwingel at 305-348-2248.

Please RSVP to Lany Muñoz at