Trade and gender equality: outcomes from a joint webinar

Trade and gender equality: outcomes from a joint webinar

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!

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New GADN discussion paper on intersectionality released

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.

You can download the thinkpiece here.

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Vacancy: Network Coordinator

GADN is looking for someone who is organised, highly motivated, and committed to promoting women’s rights to join our team.   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.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 4th December.

For more information please visit our Vacancies page.

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GADN releases two new briefings on gender equality and macroeconomics: Stepping Up and Sharing the Load

The Gender & Development Network has been calling on governments to take action to promote women's economic empowerment, both in the context of the High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment and the forthcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61).

Within this framework, we have released two new briefings on this topic.

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Open Letter to the High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment

The Gender and Development Network has written an open letter to the Co-Chairs of the High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment, calling for a greater focus on 'enabling macro-economic environments' as means to further the report's current crucial insights. 

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GADN is recruiting a Trustee

The Gender and Development Network (GADN) is recruiting for a Trustee to join our Board. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be involved in the governance and future direction of our dynamic network. We are particularly interested in finding a new Board member who is based within an international non-governmental organisation and/or who has knowledge and current experience of promoting gender equality and women's and girls' rights.

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GADN releases Feminist Development Alternatives Pack

The Gender & Development Network (GADN) is pleased to release a series of papers as part of its Feminist Alternatives Project.

This project has evolved over a number of years and has encompassed an international online discussion and many internal debates and papers amongst GADN members, their southern partners and other allies. It became clear that a single paper, peppered with caveats, was not the way forward so we decided to produce a collection of papers allowing the project to encompass diverse perspectives.

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Bringing a women’s rights perspective to the table: Notes from a roundtable with the UK Secretary of State for International Development, women’s rights organisations and NGOs

GADN recently convened a group of women's rights organisations and NGOs working on macroeconomics and gender equality to meet with the Secretary of State for International Development to present proposals on the work of the High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment.

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New GADN briefing - Breaking down the barriers: Macroeconomic policies that promote women’s economic equality

This new GADN briefing argues that the achievement of women’s economic equality and empowerment (WEE) is pivotal to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, yet it has received inadequate attention to date. The ground-breaking Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) called for the promotion of “women's economic rights and independence, including access to employment, appropriate working conditions and control over economic resources.”1 In the subsequent two decades, however, most gender equality work shied away from the economic sphere. When WEE has been discussed, too often it is in relation to generating economic growth rather than gender equality and the fulfilment of women’s rights.

You can download the briefing here.

New GADN briefing: Making the case for macroeconomics in gender equality work

Around the world, the way women live and work is shaped by economic policies that dictate the kinds of employment, resources, benefits and decision-making power available to them. That said, we have yet to achieve an economic system that serves women’s needs, recognises their contributions and facilitates their empowerment in every aspect of life.

This new briefing, produced as part of our Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) project, argues that true empowerment begins with tackling the structural barriers that women face, and that this means turning our attention to macroeconomics and its impact on gender equality and women’s rights.

For more details on the GEM project click here.

GADN and WaterAid release new briefing on gender equality and WASH

GADN has partnered with WaterAid to produce a new briefing, Achieving gender equality through WASH.

This briefing shows that equitable and universal access cannot be achieved without specific gender equality measures in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) policy and programming to ensure that the rights of girls and women to water and sanitation are met.

The aim of the briefing is to set out the multiple links between gender equality and WASH to encourage dialogue, mutual understanding and consensus between gender equality and WASH policymakers and practitioners. Ideally a more detailed examination of the linkages through new research and innovative programme development will be carried out as a result.

You can read the full briefing here.