Discussion paper: Macroeconomic policy and women's economic empowerment

September 2017

This discussion paper on macroeconomic policy and women's economic empowerment is the result of a collaboration initiated in consultation with several members of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Led by UN Women, the paper includes contributions from GADN, WIEGO, the ILO, the ITUC, Open Society Foundations and ActionAid.

The paper argues that the ability to advance women’s economic empowerment (WEE) will be shaped by the overall economic environment, and macroeconomic policies play a key role in this respect.

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GADN responds to DFID's Strategic Vision on Women and Girls

July 2017

The Gender & Development Network was recently invited to comment on the way forward for the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Strategic Vision for Women and Girls.

In consultation with our Advisory Group and the relevant Working Groups, we submitted these comments and recommendations.

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Making trade work for gender equality

July 2017

Trade has the potential to advance gender equality and realise women’s rights by expanding decent work opportunities for women and contributing to sustainable and equitable economic development. However, in many cases this potential has not been fulfilled; trade, and the agreements that establish its rules, have impacted negatively on the lives of many women.

In this briefing, Making trade work for gender equality, we discuss these concerns and conclude with recommendations on how to develop trade agreements that promote gender equality.

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Corporate power and women's economic justice - results from a joint webinar and recommendations for CSW61

March 2017

On 28 February 2017, GADN, AWID and their allies formulated key steps for limiting the power of transnational corporations to infringe on women’s rights – and supporting economic justice for women everywhere.

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Stepping up: How governments can contribute to women’s economic empowerment

February 2017

Government economic policy shapes women’s lives, and could be a force for equality, yet too often this potential is not realised.  In our new briefing, Stepping up, we argue that governments must play a central role in achieving women’s economic empowerment; that their priority should be to tackle the underlying barriers to economic empowerment, particularly those faced by marginalised women; and that it is in the area of economic policy that government action will have most transformative impact.

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Sharing the load: Unpaid care work and women’s economic empowerment

February 2017

Unpaid care work, performed mostly by women around the world, is a key piece of the empowerment puzzle: it entrenches the subordination of women in society but, at the same time, it is indispensable for economic growth and human wellbeing. In Sharing the load,, a new GADN briefing as part of its Gender Equality and Macroeconomics Project, we outline key recommendations to governments around unpaid care work.

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CSW61 Factsheet: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

January 2017

Ahead of the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), the Gender & Development Network has developed a factsheet which provides an overview of the structural economic barriers to women’s economic empowerment. For each of these areas, the factsheet makes recommendations to governments.

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Breaking down the barriers: Macroeconomic policies that promote women’s economic equality

May 2016

This 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. 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.

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

May 2016

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.

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VAWG and Humanitarian working groups provide evidence to Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee

March 2016

The GADN VAWG and Humanitarian Working Groups have submitted written evidence for an inquiry conducted by the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict. This submission addresses the causes of sexual violence in conflict (SVC), prevention of SVC, the needs of survivors of SVC, women’s participation and accountability for SVC. The evidence also includes an overview section on the working groups' reflections on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).

The written evidence is available here.

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Supporting Syria and the Region 2016 Conference: GAPS & GADN Joint Position Paper

February 2016

As the UK co-hosts the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference 2016, GADN is calling on the Government to ensure that the rights and needs of women and girls are prioritised in line Women, Peace and Security commitments and international humanitarian law.

The GADN Humanitarian Working Group has co-authored a position paper with Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) setting out ten recommendations to the UK Government.

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VAWG and Post-2015 working groups call for removal of age caps in SDG indicators

January 2016

GADN’s working groups on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and the Post-2015 agenda have called for the removal of age caps in SDG indicators on violence against women.

Writing to Baroness Verma, Ministerial Champion for Tackling VAWG Overseas, the two GADN working groups emphasise the importance of ensuring women and men of all ages are adequately represented in measuring the goals and targets of the SDGs. 

Read the letter here.

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“Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” A Reflection from the Gender and Development Network

October 2015

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are of course not everything we wanted; they are after all the outcome of tortured negotiations among nearly two hundred governments many of whom have highly dubious views towards gender equality and human rights. That said, the document just agreed by the UN General Assembly this month1 is certainly an improvement on the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and a lot better than many of us feared. Glimpses of concern about inequality – or at least a desire to ‘leave no one behind’ - suggest some progress in the last 15 years and there have been positive developments in many areas. Specifically on gender equality, there is also some movement in the right direction. While the agreement of this document changes nothing today, it does provide us with some valuable rhetoric with which to hold governments to account tomorrow and in the decades to come. 

Download the full paper here.

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Increasing Gains for Women, Not Just the Economy: The UK Gender and Development Network Submission to the World Bank Gender Strategy Consultation

October 2015

In the most recent edition of Wide+ newsletter, Daphne Jayasinghe discusses the GADN submission to the World Bank Gender Strategy consultation. Whilst welcoming the proposed strategy by the World Bank Group the UK Gender and Development Network’s submission challenges the WBG to go further in its ambition and address deep structural inequalities and gender discrimination. 

Read the full article here.
 

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