In mid September, CMCI’s Professor Rosalind Gill took part in a prestigious United Nations/Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency ‘expert brainstorm’ to reflect on why there has been a lack of progress in achieving gender equality, fifteen years after the UN’s famous Beijing meeting, which felt so hopeful to many at the time. The focus of the meeting, which brought together fifteen international experts, was on the role of stereotypes, representations and media in impeding progress. The briefing papers prepared by all fifteen participants will be used in the development of the agenda for the next United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place in New York in March 2011. The 2011 priority theme of the Commission on the Status of Women is “Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”. Aside from the obvious value of this work, it has particular relevance to our concerns about cultural work in CMCI.