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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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.