Webinar: What needs to change to make trade policy work for gender equality?

Webinar: What needs to change to make trade policy work for gender equality?

Join Oxfam and the Gender & Development Network for an interactive webinar on to discuss:

  • How current trade policy damages gender equality
  • How trade policy needs to change in order to support gender equality and women’s rights
  • How these recommendations can be incorporated in trade agreements

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Making Tax work for Women in the UK and Globally

Making Tax work for Women in the UK and Globally

On 28 June 2017, Dinah Musindarwezo, FEMNET Executive Director and guest of GADN in London, spoke at an event on 'Making tax work for women in the UK and globally', organised by Christian Aid, ActionAid, the Women's Budget Group, FEMNET, Womankind Worldwide and the Gender & Development Network.

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GADN-AWID Webinar: Corporate power and women's economic justice - 28 February 2017

This webinar offers a space to think collectively about the kind of transformations we need to make gender, economic and ecological justice a reality. In the context of a rise in corporate power, AWID and GADN aim to reclaim the debate around women's economic justice from a human rights and feminist perspective. Speakers include Mariama Williams, Rachel Moussié, Marusia López Cruz, and Chidi King (all biographies here).

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Meeting with Monica Raina, SEWA - 15 December 2016

GADN was delighted to hold this meeting with Monica Raina, Project Director at the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) on Thursday 15 December at 4:15pm. Monica was visiting from India. The meeting gave an overview of SEWA’s work, discussed the opportunities and challenges faced by women in the informal sector, and identified areas of synergy with GADN. Monica also shared SEWA’s priorities regarding the High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and CSW61, whose priority theme is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

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Influencing the Mainstream: Women's Participation and Leadership in Humanitarian and Resilience Planning

The GADN Women's Participation and Leadership Working Group organised this event in their Learning Series, a unique informal practitioner space to hear from peers and experts about what's working to embed meaningful work on women's leadership into our programme practice, campaigning and humanitarian responses. This month, they looked at good practice in Humanitarian and Resilience programming.


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Parliamentary roundtable: Women’s empowerment & the role of the private sector in development & responsible business

The All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG), in conjunction with CORE (UK civil society coalition on corporate accountability) & the Gender and Development Network's Working Group on Women’s Economic Justice, organised a parliamentary roundtable on women's empowerment and the role of the private sector in development and responsible business. The event took place on 17 October, 2016.

Speakers included:

  • Laura Kelly, Head of Business Engagement, Private Sector Dept, Department for International Development;
  • Kathryn Dovey, National Contact Point Coordination, OECD;
  • Luz Angela Urina, Provincial, La Guajira, Colombia;
  • Annelen Micus, Legal Advisor, CCAJAR, Colombia;

The roundtable was chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, PHRG Officer.

In its 2014 International Development (Gender Equality) Act, the UK Government made an explicit commitment to ensure that development assistance contributes to reducing poverty in a way which also contributes to improving gender equality.

The meeting discussed how to ensure the increasing role of the private sector in development benefits women, particularly to further gender equality, advance their rights, and assist them to build more accountable and responsive institutions at all levels.

Turning Promises into Progress: Parliamentary launch event

'Turning Promises into Progress', released jointly by GADN, GAPS and the UK SRHR network, was launched in the House of Lords on March 4th 2015 at an event hosted by the United Nations All Party Parliamentary Group. Speakers highlighted the importance of 2015 and the key opportunities for gender equality and women's rights.

You can listen to the speeches on the United Nations Association's website.


  • Lord Hannay, Chair of the UN APPG
  • Lord Collins, Shadow Spokesperson for International Development
  • Jessica Woodroffe, Director, GADN
  • Binti Alii Goga, Chair and founding member of Sauti Ya Wanakawe, a Kenyan women's group.

Making economics work for women: Responding to gender discrimination at the heart of macro-economic policy and achieving economic justice for women

January 19th 2015

The evidence coming from women’s lived experiences highlights the limitations of those approaches to women’s economic empowerment that concentrate narrowly on income. Negotiations for a new development framework and its financing mechanism are coming into a crucial stage in 2015 and will offer important opportunities to advance gender equality and achieve women’s rights. At such a crucial time this event seeks to stimulate discussion on the structural nature of women’s economic inequality and what is needed to overcome it.


  • Professor Naila Kabeer, Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • World Bank, name TBC
  • DFID, name TBC
  • Sok Thareth, Workers Information Centre, Cambodia
  • Alison Kelly, Head of Policy, Christian Aid
  • Professor Diane Elson, (discussant)

Hosted by ActionAid, Christian Aid and the Gender and Development Network.

A World Without Violence by 2030 – how do we get there? Addressing Women, Peace and Security and Violence Against Women in the Post-2015 framework

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place in June 2014 in London. GADN co-hosted an event with the Department for International Development (DFID) on violence against women and girls and the post-2015 framework. Speakers confirmed support for a strong standalone goal on gender equality and mainstreaming of gender throughout the post-2015 framework. Speakers included:

  • The Rt. Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development,
  • Professor Naila Kabeer, London School of Economics
  • Ruth Ochieng, Director of Isis (Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange), Uganda
  • Bandana Rana, President of Saathi, Nepal, and a member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group

Transform her Future

In March 2014 GADN co-hosted the event 'Transform her Future' which saw the Rt. Hon Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, deliver a keynote speech to mark International Women's Day. The full speech is available to read here.

The speech reaffirmed DfID's commitment to ending violence against women and girls and to tackling the discriminatory social norms that cause gender inequality. The inclusion of a standalone goal on gender equality in the post-2015 framework was also highlighted as priority for the department, as was working to end the harmful practices of early and forced marriage and FGM. Rachel Carter, GADN Chair,  welcomed this and highlighted the need to transform the norms and values which enable violence against women and girls.

Other speakers included Tanya Barron, Plan UK, Dr Nawal Ba Abbad, White Ribbon Alliance, Yemen, Anita Prem, Freedom Charity, and Muna Hassan, anti-FGM campaigner.

 Plan UK hosts the keynote speech by The Right Honorable Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development as she delivers her talk entitled 'Transform Her Future', held in the Weston Roof Pavilion at the Southbank Centre, 4th March 2014

Photography by Fergus Burnett