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.

GADN joins 100+ women’s organisations to express concern over FLOW programme funding decisions

The Gender and Development Network is one of over 100 women’s organisations from around the world to express concern over recent funding decisions of the FLOW programme, provided by the Dutch government.

The FLOW fund is the only remaining large global fund which focuses on women’s rights – a field which tends to be greatly under-resourced.  While previous funding schemes have proven essential in empowering the women’s movement, many organisations are concerned about the decisions made in the most recent round of funding.

Only nine organisations were allocated funding, out of 100 that passed the eligibility test, and the minimum application amount was increased to 5€ million. The application form and criteria were much more challenging than other funding programmes of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, and the organisations which did receive funding are mainly Dutch or Anglophone, and from the Global North.

The signatories of the letter, including GADN, call on the Dutch Foreign Ministry to:

1. Improve and adjust the decision for FLOW 2016-2020

2. Ensure a bridging fund for FLOW I organisations

3. Learn from the problems of the application process to create criteria, structures, and processes that empower - not disempower - women’s rights organisations, with the aim of ensuring that all donors can use these lessons and criteria to really put women at the centre of the implementation of the SDGs, particularly SDG5.

You can read the letter in full here.

GADN Director gives evidence for SDGs inquiry

The Gender and Development Network was recently invited to give evidence to the International Development Committee inquiry on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jessica Woodroffe, our Director, highlighted that gender is a cross-cutting issue throughout the SDGs, and that promoting gender equality can drive the achievement of each of the SDGs.

When asked how to ensure that the SDGs are implemented, Jessica suggested that DfID should address the underlying causes of gender inequality. Highlighting the importance of women’s economic empowerment, she advocated a greater focus on unpaid care, saying that the unpaid care target in the SDGs is one of the most potentially transformative of the whole document. Jessica also underlined the importance of addressing social norms and how assumptions about the roles of women and men threaten the achievement of the SDGs – and must be tackled at their root.

How should these changes happen? One key way of achieving change is a ‘women’s fund’ – a fund specifically for women’s organisations.  Women’s organisations are some of the most transformative and cost-efficient ways of reaching the most marginalised people – and small amounts of funding can make a huge difference when targeted directly to women’s organisations.

More information, including past evidence sessions, on the International Development Committee’s inquiry into the SDGs can be found here.  A video recording of the 1 December session, where Jessica gave evidence, can be viewed here, or you can read a transcript of the session here.

You can also listen to the recording of the session via the audio file below (from 15:10):

Jessica Woodroffe, GADN Director, gives evidence to the International Development Committee . Photograph: Parliamentary Copyright

GADN is recruiting a Research and Communications Volunteer

The Gender and Development Network is currently advertising for a Communications and Research volunteer to support our secretariat. The role is suitable for someone with a passion for international development and women’s rights with an interest in communications and research. The role is for one or two days a week for 6-9 months.

Download the role description here.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your relevant experience to: with ‘GADN volunteer’ in the subject line. The closing date for applications is 10am, Monday 2nd November. 

Please note we plan to hold interviews on Wednesday 11th November 2015.


GADN is recruiting a Consultant for Private Sector Partnerships and Delivering on Combating VAWG

The Gender and Development Network’s (GADN) Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Working Group invites individual researchers and research consultants to support the delivery of a discrete research project to explore the relationship between DFID’s private sector approach and implementation of relevant VAWG commitments.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Wednesday 28th October 2015

Interviews: 10 & 11 November 2015

Duration of Contract: 18 November – 31 January 2016

Terms of reference available here.