Gender equality has gained a central place on the global political agenda over the last thirty years. It is now widely assumed to be a positive ideal and its pursuit is depicted as a core requirement of social justice. Moreover, gender equality is increasingly framed as central to the realization of both modernization and economic efficiency and its achievement presented as a key to good governance. Both rights-based and utility-based arguments have converged to place gender equality high on the agenda of liberal states and organizations.
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