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Why Do Cities Erode Gender Inequality?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm


Alice Evans, Lecturer, King’s College London


Megan O’Donnell, Assistant Director, Gender & Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Development


Support for gender equality has increased globally, especially in cities. Why is this? And what does this subnational variation tell us about the drivers of social change?

Join this brownbag seminar to hear new findings from Dr. Alice Evans, on how cities can catalyse social change. Drawing on qualitative research in urban and rural Cambodia and Zambia, Dr. Evans finds that cities: disrupt the male breadwinner model; increase exposure to women as workers and leaders; and provide more avenues to collectively contest established practices. This all reinforces a snowballing process of social change. A key insight is that social change accelerates when we see that others are changing.

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Assistant Director, Gender Program and Policy Fellow

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