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Feminism in Public Debt

A Human Rights Approach

Edited by Juan Bohoslavsky and Mariana Rulli

Published

May 1, 2024

Page count

340 pages

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Business, Finance and International Development

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978-1529237276

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234 x 156 mm

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Published

May 1, 2024

Page count

340 pages

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Business, Finance and International Development

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978-1529237269

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234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press

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May 1, 2024

Page count

340 pages

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Business, Finance and International Development

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978-1529237283

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234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press

Published

May 1, 2024

Page count

340 pages

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Business, Finance and International Development

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978-1529237290

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press

Published

May 1, 2024

Page count

340 pages

Browse the series

Business, Finance and International Development

ISBN

978-1529237283

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
Feminism in Public Debt

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As many developing countries are facing increasingly higher levels of debt and economic instability, this interdisciplinary volume explores the intersection of sovereign debt and women's human rights.

Through contributions from leading voices in academia, civil society, international organisations and nations governments, it shows how debt-related economic policies are widening gender inequalities and argues for a systematic feminist approach to debt issues.

Offering a new perspective on the global debt crisis, this is an invaluable resource for readers who seek to understand the complex relationship between economics and gender.

"So, you thought sovereign debt concerns have nothing to do with gender? This book—with all its infuriating description and illuminating analysis—will show you how the emergence and attempts at resolving sovereign debt problems are deeply gendered, how they reinforce and accentuate multiple inequalities, and rely critically on placing greater burdens on women and girls. If only policymakers at all levels would not just read this book, but really take all its arguments seriously." Jayati Ghosh, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"This book deftly demonstrates that over-indebtedness, austerity and other orthodox economic policies have a negative impact on human rights, particularly for women. The macroeconomic policies pushed by the IMF and adopted by many governments - particularly at the current juncture - benefit only a few, harming the majority of households and women disproportionately." Isabel Ortíz, Columbia University

“The expanding field of sovereign debt and human rights has become a lot richer with this new volume by two eminent experts and their team. This book successfully ends the victimization of women in the race to unsustainable debt.” Ilias Bantekas, HBKU Qatar Foundation and Georgetown University

“So, you thought sovereign debt concerns have nothing to do with gender? This book—with all its infuriating description and illuminating analysis—will show you how the emergence and attempts at resolving sovereign debt problems are deeply gendered, how they reinforce and accentuate multiple inequalities, and rely critically on placing greater burdens on women and girls. If only policymakers at all levels would not just read this book, but really take all its arguments seriously.” Jayati Ghosh, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"This book deftly demonstrates that over-indebtedness, austerity and other orthodox economic policies have a negative impact on human rights, particularly for women. The macroeconomic policies pushed by the IMF and adopted by many governments - particularly at the current juncture - benefit only a few, harming the majority of households and women disproportionately." Isabel Ortíz, Columbia University

“The expanding field of sovereign debt and human rights has become a lot richer with this new volume by two eminent experts and their team. This book successfully ends the victimization of women in the race to unsustainable debt.” Ilias Bantekas, HBKU Qatar Foundation and Georgetown University

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky is Senior Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET), National University of Rio Negro (CIEDIS).

Mariana Rulli is Senior Researcher and Professor of Political Science at the National University of Rio Negro (CIEDIS).

Foreword - Diane Elson

1. Introduction: Feminist sovereign Debt: Utopia or Oxymoron? - Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and Mariana Rulli

PART I: Debt and Feminist Agendas

2. Debt, Economic Violence And Feminist Agenda - Corina Rodríguez Enríquez

3. Debt, Development and Gender - Penelope Hawkins and Marina Zucker-Marques

4. Debt and Climate Change: Twin Crises Burdening Women in the Global South - Iolanda Fresnillo Sallan and Leia Achampong

PART II: Human Rights and Debt Approach

5. Legal Standards on Debt and Women’s Rights - Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and Julieta Rossi

6. Letter from UN Special Procedures to the IMF (2022)

7. Impact of Debt on Women’s and Girls’ Human Rights – Introduction to the 2023 Report of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and

Girls, ‘The Gendered Inequalities of Poverty: Feminist and Human Rights-Based Approaches’ - Dorothy Estrada-Tanck

8. Debt and Human Rights in the World and Regional Conferences on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean - Marita Perceval and Mariana Rulli

PART III: International Financial Institutions, Gender and Diversity

9. Gender Mainstreaming at the International Monetary Fund - Camila Villard Duran

10. Why are Neoliberal Policies Machistas? - Diane Perrons

11. Continuity of the IMF’s Androcentric Policies Before, During and After the Pandemic: The Case of Latin America - Alicja Paulina Krubnik

PART IV: IMF, Women and Diversities in Latin America and Argentina

12. Life Sustainability and Debt Sustainability. Care in the Centre - María Nieves Rico

13. Where a Right Fails, a Debt Increases: Gender Inequalities and Economic Vulnerability of Women and LGTBQ+ Groups - Florencia Partenio and Ariel Wilkis

14. Debt and the Right to Education in Latin America and the Caribbean - Francisco Cantamutto and Agostina Costantino

PART V: Gender Impact Analysis: Frameworks and Experiences

15. Debt Sustainability Analysis: Life After Capital: A View from Feminist Economics - Patricia Miranda and Verónica Serafini Geoghegan

16. Measuring and Managing Gender Equality: The Case of Gender Budgeting in Austria - Ulrike Marx

17. Rights, Gender and Progress Indicators: The Debts of Democracy - Flavia Marco Navarro and Laura Pautassi

PART VI: Work Agenda for Egalitarian Transformations

18. A Gender Lens for the International Monetary and Financial System: Truly Feminist Reforms Needed - Christina Laskaridis

19. Gender Bonds: Do They Leverage or Threaten Women’s Rights? - Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and Lena Lavinas

20. Institutionalization of the Gender Approach in Public Finances: How to Strengthen – Rather than Dilute – Feminist Demands? - Magalí Brosio and Mariana Rulli