SGP welcomes anyone and everyone using a gender lens to analyze and create sustainable interventions for a more equitable world. Whether you identify as a practitioner, academic, activist or something completely different, if you promote gender equality through your professional practice, we encourage you to get involved with SGP.
Researchers and academics who work on issues related to gender equality often operate in silos; there is limited coordination and information-sharing between different fields of study. SGP welcomes academics from all fields, from political science and economics to anthropology, sociology, and women’s studies, to share their expertise, collaborate, and contribute to a nuanced understanding of gender norms worldwide.
By taking action to address gender inequalities, we are all activists in our own right. With SGP, those who advocate for more equitable laws and policies, respect for human rights, and the dignity of our most underserved communities can share information, ideas, strategies, and experiences with other members to find ways to make our activist efforts more effective.
Gender advisors, consultants, project managers, applied researchers, policy analysts, aid workers, and others who work on the frontlines of programs dealing with gender norms have a deep understanding of the challenges involved in promoting gender equality and institutionalizing more equal gender norms. Practitioners often work independently or are the only source of gender expertise in their organization. SGP Practitioners offer different perspectives, information, and skill sets.
The need for gender expertise has grown exponentially since the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. That year, the world reaffirmed the urgent need to protect the human rights of women and governments committed to systematically address gender inequalities in their societies through gender mainstreaming and gender integration. Since then, Gender Specialists have been recruited by governments, companies, and nonprofit organizations to help formulate policies, design programs, evaluate activities, train, teach, and mentor.
As the field of gender expertise grows, so does our need to formalize, organize, and standardize the profession. No professional associations currently exist for individuals whose careers revolve around gender-related research and practice. As new Gender Specialists enter the field, they often lack resources, networks, mentors, training, frameworks, and access to research, as well an intergenerational understanding of gender expertise.
We started SGP to meet our urgent professional needs as well as to connect, learn, and work together to answer pressing social equity questions in our communities.