New Publications

New Publications

Handbook of Organizational Gender Consultation and Intervention


The Handbook of Organizational Gender Consultation and Intervention, published in 2019 by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, is the first guide of its kind. Its aim is to provide a professional toolbox for men and women operating as agents of gender equality in modern organizations, either formally (appointees, consultants, and individuals responsible for equal opportunity and gender equality) or informally (as feminists aiming to promote change in the organization or in their institutional field).

Women’s Rights in Rojava


This study focuses on the areas permanently under Kurdish control with regime presence. These areas have experienced a quite different trajectory because they have been least affected by military fighting. While the human losses and damage suffered at the hands of ISIS should not be belittled, this area has hardly experienced aerial bombardments or fighting on the ground. Kurdish actors, for a long time tightly controlled by the Syrian regime, have been able to develop governance structures in parallel to the ones set up by the regime. While none of the Kurdish parties has openly called for independence understood as separation from Syria, Kurdish actors have come up with governance structures that explore the possibilities of autonomy within a federal state. They have come up with a constitution and an institutional design, and as far as it is in the range of their possibilities, they have been working on implementing it.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Women, Power, and Change in Southeast Asia


A vital part of this report in Southeast Asia involves showing the ways that ordinary people, activists, human rights defenders, and social movements are organizing to protect their communities from destruction and injustice. Some of the most vocal and active participants are women from the most affected communities in the region.

Climate Finance Fundamentals 10: Gender and Climate Finance

Women are often disproportionally affected by climate change impacts which aggravate existing gender inequalities and as a result of persisting gender norms and discriminations. Women and men also contribute to climate change responses in different ways.

Feminicide: a Global Phenomenon - Feminicidio: un fenómeno global

New Framework for the Cooperation between the European Union and Latin America to promote gender equality and eradicate violence against women and feminicide.

Neuvo marco para la cooperación entre la unión europea y américa latina para promover la igualidad de género y erradicar la violencia
contra las mujeres y el feminicido.


Gender and the Energy Sector


Romana Marková Volejníčková, Marie Pospíšilová and Alena Křížková from the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Prague office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, have collaborated on the preparation of the Czech-language publication Gender a energetika (“Gender and the Energy Sector”). The English translation which you are now reading is an excerpt from this publication and contains the most significant research findings and recommendations in the individual thematic areas.

‘Islamic Feminism’ in Lebanon: Portraying a counter-discourse


Islam and Feminism, those two words seem like an oxymoron to most people. But it is not to everyone. Starting in the 90's a number of Islamic feminists from different parts of the world took the stage and made their struggle for women‘s emancipation public. This paper delves into the basic concept of Islamic Feminism and attempts to portray the counter-discourse as it is forming in Lebanon.

Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies

Among the most influential and insightful thinkers of her generation, Audre Lorde (1934-1992) inspired readers and activists through her poetry, autobiography, essays, and her political action.

Women's Conference on Beijing+20 in Cambodia

What is the legacy of the Beijing Conference, and its relevance today in Cambodia? A new publication by hbs Cambodia collects excerpts from the discussion that took place on the 16th of February 2015 at Metahouse in Phnom Penh.

By Naomi Burnett

Anti-Gender Movements on the Rise?

The concept of "gender backlash" encompasses too activities pursued by a multitude of different local initiatives all over Central and Eastern Europe, which strongly promote tradition over equality. In many cases these groups appear to be backed and inspired both by influential US-American “pro life” organisations as well as the Kremlin’s "Gay-rope" propaganda, which aims to discredit the European Union as a place of moral decline.

Feminicide: A Global Phenomenon

Being the most extreme manifestation of violence against women, feminicide or femicide in Southamerican, as well as European Countries ist explored in this publication.

Of Promise, Progress, Perils and Prioritization

The Board and Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund have made some progress in implementing the Fund's promise for a gender-sensitive approach to its funding. A stock-taking after the recent 7th GCF Board Meeting reveals that there are perils to the full operationalization of the Fund's gender mandate and that some provisions and decisions supporting gender in the GCF should be prioritized in the next few Board meetings.

The G20 and Gender Equality - How the G20 can advance women’s rights in employment, social protection and fiscal policies

This paper examining the links between economic and gender inequality, women's rights, and inclusive growth. Oxfam and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung argue that the G20 should treat gender inequality as a core systemic issue. The paper considers whether the G20's governance and main frameworks are consistent with these commitments, looking at case studies in selected G20 countries.

Roadmap to 1325

The UN resolution 1325 It could be a milestone for gender-equitable security policy. This volume contributes to filling the gap in knowledge about approaches both to gender-sensitive peace and security policy.

Human Rights between the Sexes

With the present study the Heinrich Böll Stiftung names the largely invisible discrimination against intersex individuals and, in doing so, brings it to light. A first overview of the life situations of intersex individuals from 12 selected countries in various regions of the world is being offered. 

Women and Land Rights: Questions of Access, Ownership and Control

This issue explores the intersection of economic development and women’s access to and control over tenure/land; challenges for the improvement of land ownership and tenure security by women; and highlights aspects that are overlooked and consequently contribute to entrench inequalities and preventing women’s security of tenure and fulfilment of socio-economic human rights.

Manifold Angles of Gender

This is a publication of materials, a small selection of the papers presented by researchers and activists at the International Conference – Manifold Angles of Gender: Looking through a Magnifying Glass, organized and hosted by the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Feminist Strategies in International Governance

The struggle for women’s rights and to overcome gender oppression has long engaged the efforts of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Feminist Strategies in International Governance provides a new introduction to the contemporary forms of this struggle.

Publication series on democracy, Volume 31: Afghanistan's Transition in the Making. Perceptions and Policy Strategies of Women Parliamentarians

At the beginning of the military intervention in Afghanistan, gender-related rhetoric was employed as a source of legitimation for the intervention. Initially regarded as the barometer of success for democratization, today human and women’s rights are in danger of being dropped of the national and international transition agenda. The present study by Andrea Fleschenberg shows that in national and international debates about the transition process in Afghanistan women’s voices are seldom present, or taken into consideration. 

The Future We Want. A Feminist Perspective

The multiple crises – the financial crash, hunger, climate change and resource scarcity – demonstrate emphatically that neoliberal market globalization cannot fulfill its promises: namely to bring about the optimal allocation of resources on the entire planet and thus be a win-win game for all. This also implies the failure of the concept of sustainability put forward at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.  By Dr. Christa Wichterich

Shadow report on the Violations of the Rights of LGBT in Serbia

In March 2009, the Serbian National Assembly narrowly passed the Anti-Discrimination Law. This Shadow Report evaluates the law’s application and provides recommendations of how to improve implementation and thus the Human Rights situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Inter* individuals in Serbia.

Women and Climate Change: Winners of the European Greens Essay Contest

The impacts of changes to the global climate affect men and women not only differently, but women are often affected disproportionally worse. Gender equality and the fight against climate change are two challenges that have to be tackled simultaneously, and urgently. A collection of Essays. 

Perspectives #2.11: The Power To Participate - Building Feminist Political Influence in Africa

Women's presence in political structures needs to be considered in relation to the power of citizens' voice in general, and of women's in particular; the influence of social and women's movements and their relations with one another; the nature and culture of political parties; and the norms and capacity of state institutions.

The articles brought together in this edition of Perspectives address some of these considerations.

Women's Perspectives: A Case Study of Systematic Land Registration

This study by Mehrak Mehrvar, Chhay Kim Sore and My Sambath aims to identify emerging issues regarding women's access to Land in Cambodia while examining women's participation in the process of systematic land registration. A particular focus is thereby at cases of seperated, divorced and abandoned relationships that occured prior to systematic land registration.

Scratching the Surface - Democracy, Traditions, Gender

This book provides an insight into the multi-faceted nature of democracy and its complex demands. It looks into greater detail, the conceptual anomalies, the structural inequalities and ethical defects, especially in the context of South Asian countries.

Diversity and Female Political Participation: Views on and from the Arab World

What does the political participation of women look like within the immense diversity of the Arabic world? In this edition of the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s series on Democracy, these questions are analyzed based on historical and current developments of gender relationships, and the role of women in the politics of Egypt, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.

By Claudia Derichs & Heinrich Böll Foundation (eds.)

Gender Dynamics and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

This volume by international authors deals with the role of gender dynamics in the development of post-conflict societies. Published by Peter Lang Frankfurt, 2009. By Christine Eifler & Ruth Seifert (eds.)

Gender Politics Makes a Difference

Experiences of the Heinrich Böll Foundation across the world. Gender justice is an ambitious goal, one that the Heinrich Böll Foundation is pursuing together with many different allies worldwide. This publication gives an overview of its work. Edited by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, November 2009

Books and publications

Here is a compilation of publications relevant to women's and gender politics and feminist debates. The list is ordered by topicality.

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