, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 145-146
Date: 15 Nov 2008

Introduction to the Symposium on Gender Equality and Cultural Justice

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The contributions in this symposium stem from a workshop on ‘Gender Equality and Cultural Justice’, which formed part of the workshop series ‘Toleration and the Public Sphere’ organised under the auspices of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council under their Diasporas, Migration and Identities programme. The workshop brought together academics, practitioners and policy-makers to evaluate recent debates surrounding the potential tensions between a commitment to the norm of gender equality and demands for cultural justice, with a view to exploring the possibility of moving beyond a simple gender/culture dichotomy. While established cultural practices frequently discriminate against women, for many women their cultural heritage is not just a symbol of oppression, but also a source of value and meaning. Even where women are critical of established cultural practices, they often have simultaneously a wide variety of reasons