In individual projects and coordinated activities, the Gender Group examines the ways in which gender in Asia is configured at a local, national, and transnational scale. The wide range of understandings and practices with respect to the roles and powers of women and men are in the focus of the studies of the Gender Group. The Group explores theoretical, empirical, and methodological interventions in various social science fields in order to highlight how women and men of different ages, ethnicities, sexualities, and social backgrounds shape themselves as gendered persons, while simultaneously also being shaped by their culture. The group thus is concerned about the intersections between individual agency and cultural constitutions of women and men.
In refereed publications Group members have discussed critical gender issues in Asia such as gendered abuse, HIV/AIDS, poverty, education, crises management, and religious subordination and how various local strategies and agencies are employed in order to cope with gendered inequalities. Such academic work even relates to the level of policy implementation, as Group members collaborate with local NGOs, movements, and scholars in Asia that aim at equalizing the status of women and men within particular Asian societies.