Anouka Van Eerdewijk, Associate

What Anouka does with G@W

Anouka joined Gender at Work as Board Member, and is currently stepping down from the Board to become an Associate. She is involved in the Collaboratory, an initiative to foster innovative practice and thinking about deep social change. She also helps with developing a strategy to harvest experiences and knowledge generated by G@W, to make them more accessible to wider audiences.

Year she joined G@W

2011


...and why

In Anouka’s words: “Gender at Work is a space where people from diverse backgrounds engage with and explore how to contribute to deep structural change at multiple levels. They share a commitment to gender equity, practicing social change, and a willingness to experiment and learn. These aspects have made it an inspiring network of dedicated people from which I can learn. I hope to play a role in further articulation of transformative practices for gender equity.” 

“Gender at Work is a space where people from diverse backgrounds engage with and explore how to contribute to deep structural change at multiple levels. They share a commitment to gender equity, practicing social change, and a willingness to experiment and learn.”

Where else she has worked

Anouka works as Senior Advisor with the Gender Equity Team of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. In 2007, she completed her PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), for a thesis titled The ABC of unsafe sex. She has worked for six years as Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies and is currently affiliate researcher at the Institute for Gender Studies at the same university.

Other work on gender and institutional change

Anouka has done research, advisory work and training on gender mainstreaming, norm diffusion, policy change and norm diffusion, transnational advocacy networks and social movements. She has a strong basis in gender and sexuality studies, and is recently inspired by a governmental perspective. Her work operates on the interfaces between academia and practice, and she seeks to create synergies between practice-based knowledge, empirical research, conceptual reflection and critical theory.

Recent Writings

  • Gender Norm Dynamics in Regional Governance
    (Anna van der Vleuten, Anouka van Eerdewijk & Conny Roggeband, edited volume forthcoming with Palgrave)
  • Escaping the Mythical Beast – Gender Mainstreaming Reconceptualised
    (Anouka van Eerdewijk & Tine Davids, Introduction to forthcoming special issue ‘Journal of International Development’)
  • Virginity in a Multidimensional Perspective: Negotiating Pre-Marital Sex in Dakar.
    (chapter in The Ashgate Research Companion to Sexuality and Religion edited by Andrew Yip & Stephen Hunt, 2012, Ashgate)
  • Substantive Gender Mainstreaming and the Missing Middle.
    (Anouka van Eerdewijk & Ireen Dubel, 2012, inGender and Development’, volume 19, number 3)
  • Governmentalities and Moral Agents in the Local/Global Nexus: Male Pre-marital Sexuality in Dakar, Senegal.
    (Tine Davids, Francien van Driel & Anouka van Eerdewijk (2011), in ‘Globalizations’, volume 8, number 2)

Dreams & Passions

“Questioning and interrogating the political and cultural dimensions and trends of the time in which we live, contributing to articulating how power operates in that, and carving out space to critically engage with that in a way that can make a difference for the future. I also like to dance. I practice tai chi and meditation. I enjoy my life with my husband and kids.”

Contact

Email: A.v.Eerdewijk@kit.nl