Alan Saunders / Maurice Goldsmith Lecture

Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington New Zealand


AAP / NZAP Conference 2018

"What is Global Women's Empowerment?"

From the popularity of charities that tout the transformative effects of giving a woman a goat or a sewing machine to the inclusion of gender equality among the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, enthusiasm for empowering women in the global South seems to be at an all-time high. But what does it mean to empower someone and what are the moral and political responsibilities of those who see themselves as charged with doing the empowering? This talk clarifies and criticises the values underlying existing empowerment practices and offers a vision of women’s empowerment rooted in concerns about global gender justice.

IN 2018 the Alan Saunders Lecture, was held conjointly with the Maurice Goldsmith Lecture.

This lecture was recorded and available here.

Serene Khader

Jay Newman Chair in Philosophy of Culture

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Brooklyn College

Associate Professor of Philosophy

& Women's Studies, CUNY Graduate Centre


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