Marta Pietrobelli recently earned her PhD in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London with a thesis that analyses the politics of gender equality in the context of democratisation processes in Jordan and in relation to women's political participation. Marta has a background in Law (BA, MA). Her research interests involve gender equality, gender mainstreaming, women's empowerment, women's political participation and violence against violence.
My thesis analyses the politics of gender equality in the context of democratisation processes in Jordan. Specifically, it critically engages with the understanding and operationalization of notions as ‘women’s empowerment’ and ‘gender mainstreaming’ among local and international actors, in the context of women’s political participation. Furthermore, it analyses the reasons and the interests behind the adoption of a reserved-seat quota system for women in the Jordanian Parliament. It draws from original ethnographic fieldwork I conducted in Jordan over a period of nine months in 2010 and 2011 and it takes into consideration the experiences, perspectives, concerns and expectations of the women I interviewed.