the Gender and Development Network
GADN is a diverse, effective and inclusive membership network made up of leading UK-based non-governmental organisations’ (NGO) staff, practitioners, consultants and academics working on gender, development and women’s rights issues.
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In our latest briefing, written in partnership with FEMNET, we look at the ways that social protection, public services and infrastructure interact with women’s rights and gender equality. We conclude that governments should maximise their available resources for spending in these three areas, which can be powerful tools for gender equality and women’s rights when implemented in an integrated gender-responsive and transformative way.
At this critical time for the international development sector, GADN is recruiting two new members of its Board of Trustees. This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the governance and future direction of our dynamic network. For more information, please see our Vacancies page.
Policy and programme interventions aimed at achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment frequently focus on particular life stages or age groups of girls or women, without contextualising their specific and interlinked experiences and needs at different times of their lives, particularly during adolescence and in later life.
In this thinkpiece, Kate Horstead considers some of the impacts of structural inequalities across the entire life course, suggesting that this is an important area that needs more research and analysis.
The Treasurer role includes maintaining oversight of the organisation’s financial affairs on behalf of the Board of Trustees, and providing guidance to the Board of Trustees, Secretariat and Advisory Group on financial stewardship of the organisation in line with the strategic aims. The Treasurer will have a demonstrable commitment to the vision, mission, aims and values of GADN, experience with budgets and financial systems, and an ability to think creatively and exercise judgement and integrity.
This briefing is the outcome of collaboration among a wide range of organisations under the umbrella of the Feminists for a Binding Treaty coalition. It highlights the importance of a binding gender-just international accountability framework for Transnational Corporations (TNCs) as an agenda in its own right, and an integral part of a broader effort to achieve women’s economic empowerment.
In recent months, scandals have erupted around revelations of sexual abuse and violence among international aid and humanitarian agencies, prompting questions about how best to tackle cultures of exploitation in the sector. In a small attempt to redress the glaring omission of Southern women’s voices in this debate, GADN has asked Zimbabwe-based feminist activist Nancy Kachingwe to share her thoughts in this thinkpiece.
We are excited to announce the launch of the Gender and Trade Coalition: A Feminist Alliance for Trade Justice, of which GADN is one of several initiators. This new coalition will advocate for more just and sustainable policy by working from the intersection of trade justice and women’s human rights. You can find out more about the coalition at www.gendertradecoalition.org.
GADN is advertising for an Administration and Communications Intern (Volunteer) to support the work of the Secretariat. We are a highly respected network with over 150 members and an excellent track record of influencing government and supporting our members in their work to achieve gender equality and women’s rights internationally.
For more information please visit our Vacancies page.
This latest GADN briefing, written by Dinah Musindarwezo, outlines how public debt and its servicing are a particular problem for the African continent, undermining the ability of governments to meet their commitments on gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights.
The Gender and Development Network (GADN) has developed a menu of recommendations on the way in which INGOs should respond to the recent revelations on sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, based on the experiences and research of our members’ organisations on this topic.
At this critical time for the international development sector, GADN is recruiting a new member of its Board of Trustees. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be involved in the governance and future direction of our dynamic network. You can find the application pack here. Deadline for applications is 28 June, with interviews to be held in central London on 12 July 2018.
Following last month's launch of SheTrades Commonwealth, a new initiative designed to 'break down gender barriers in international trade', GADN policy officer Marion Sharples wrote a response to the announcement in Devex.
While the initiative is no doubt well-intended, it assumes that what women need is greater access to trade. In reality, women's lives are already affected in myriad ways by international trade - and for the majority of women, these experiences are negative.
GADN's Women's Economic Justice working group recently made a submission to the International Development Select Committee Inquiry on DFID's Economic Development Strategy.
GADN's Women's Participation and Leadership working group has released a Guidance Note to help practitioners to integrate an understanding of gender and its social, economic and political effects into each stage of a political economy analysis.
GADN recently made a submission to the United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights on the links and the impact of economic reforms and austerity measures on women’s human rights. This is ahead of the Independent Expert's next thematic report to the UN General Assembly, 73rd session (2018).
GADN is advertising for an Admin and Communications Intern to support the work of the Secretariat. We are a highly respected network with over 150 members and an excellent track record of influencing government and supporting our members in their work to achieve gender equality and women’s rights internationally.
For more information please visit our Vacancies page.
On 13 December 2017, the Gender & Development Network and Oxfam came together with experts working on women’s rights, development economics, climate justice and globalisation, to discuss the current impacts of trade on women, and propose ways in which trade policy and agreements must change in order to ensure that they support, instead of threaten, gender equality and women’s rights. Read the outcomes from the webinar here!
Intersectionality is increasingly referred to among feminists but frequently undefined, leaving the term open to a variety of interpretations: what it means in practice and how to put it to use is still unclear to many. Here, the Gender & Development Network attempts a summary of the discussion in order to assist our members and colleagues to better define the concept and how to use it.
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