The Unbearable Whiteness of International Development - The SDGs and De-colonial Feminisms

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Sep 29, 2020 | Ghent Center for Global Studies, Keya Khandaker

The SDGs are a global-level statement of how countries can strive collectively for a better world. But Keya Khandaker argues in her article for the Ghent Center for Global Studies, that it is important to ask who gets to decide what ‘better’ looks like, and through what actions this world will come into being. She suggests that the SDGs package ‘race’ with other modes of marginality, while ‘whiteness’ is the universalised norm. Unlike white liberal feminisms, post/de-colonial feminisms present the West as the centre of (development) theory and praxis. The author argues that without action to address structural inequality, development will remain intrinsically both a gendered and a racialised construct.


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