Living international gender norms: Experimenting with life histories approach in Ethiopia

Karmen Tornius

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This article explores the potential of using life histories to unpack the roles of different actors in creating, contesting and diffusing global norms on gender equality. In this methodologically adventurous study, I ask how life stories and personal experiences entangle with global discourses and political pressures. Based on interviews, autobiographies and online archives, the article traces the life stories of three women: employee at Women’s Unit at the Organisation for African Unity (later African Union), the first minister of Women’s Affairs of Ethiopia (later ambassador) and a woman diplomatic staff at the Ethiopian MoFA. In their different diplomatic roles, they share, minimum, two things: being rooted in Addis Ababa for large parts of their career and grappling with gendered imbalances personally and professionally. Their stories and memories shed light to some unattended nuances of how norms on gender equality are negotiated regionally.
StatusUdgivet - 2022
BegivenhedGender and Diplomacy Workshop - School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sverige
Varighed: 16 jun. 202218 jun. 2022


WorkshopGender and Diplomacy Workshop
LokationSchool of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg
AndetThe third international GenDip workshop with the title "Gender in Diplomacy: New Theoretical Directions?" took place June 16-18, 2022 in Gothenburg. <br/><br/>The scholarship on gender and diplomacy has grown impressively in the past five years. Like its two previous iterations, this third workshop examined gender in diplomatic relations among states, centering on the work of career diplomats in both bilateral and multilateral settings.<br/>

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