Towards feminist advocacy on macro-level economics: Report of a GADN-FEMNET workshop

September 2018

As in all advocacy work, there is a danger that we, as women’s rights advocates, might focus too narrowly on our immediate objectives, losing sight of how they support our vision for a more just society. When it comes to macro-level economics, that risk is especially great given the distance between where we want to be and where we are now, and the way that we have to shape and constrain our language and arguments to be heard by the mainstream.

In that spirit, GADN and FEMNET created a space, in July 2018, where feminist advocates, primarily from the global North, could step back and consider how our work is contributing to longer-term goals—and whether it is truly transformative. Read the workshop report.

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Women's rights beyond the business case: ensuring corporate accountability

August 2018

This briefing is the outcome of collaboration among a wide range of organisations under the umbrella of the Feminists for a Binding Treaty coalition. It highlights the importance of a binding gender-just international accountability framework for Transnational Corporations (TNCs) as an agenda in its own right, and an integral part of a broader effort to achieve women’s economic empowerment.

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Realising women's rights: the role of public debt in Africa

August 2018

This briefing, written by Dinah Musindarwezo, outlines how public debt and its servicing are a particular problem for the African continent, undermining the ability of governments to meet their commitments on gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights.

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Safeguarding and Beyond: Report of a GADN workshop, March 2018

April 2018

In March 2018, the Gender & Development Network organised a workshop as a space for GADN members to begin to make sense of the recent disclosues of sexual harassment and abuse by male staff in INGOs and their partner organisations, of women staff, and of the women and girls using services provided by INGOs. The workshop was intended as a starting point to collate a set of proposals in order to ensure the safeguarding response to the current sexual harassment disclosures is as robust as it can be.

The report of the workshop is available here.

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DFID's Economic Development Strategy: GADN Submission

May 2018

GADN's Women's Economic Justice working group recently made a submission to the International Development Select Committee Inquiry on DFID's Economic Development Strategy.

The group welcomes the Strategy's commitments to women's economic empowerment and to leaving no-one behind, but the submission highlights structural barriers which the Strategy must take into account if it is to deliver on its commitments. 

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Putting gender in political economy analysis: why it matters and how to do it

Putting gender in political economy analysis: why it matters and how to do it

May 2018

Political economy analysis can help practitioners to understand the distribution of power and resources in a society and the implications for their programmatic objectives. However, political economy analysis has overwhelmingly ignored one of the most pervasive systems of power in society – that of gender. A gendered political economy analysis explicitly examines how gender and other social inequalities shape people’s access to power and resources, and ensures that the perspectives of women inform the process, content and use of the analysis.

Download the Guidance Note here.


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The impact of economic reforms and austerity measures on women’s human rights: GADN Submission

GADN recently made a submission to the United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights on the links and the impact of economic reforms and austerity measures on women’s human rights.  This is ahead of the Independent Expert's next thematic report to the UN General Assembly, 73rd session (2018).

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Guidance and resources on gender reviews, support to survivors of violence, sexual harassment and safeguarding

This compilation of guidance and resources has been prepared by Elanor Jackson and Kanwal Ahluwalia  for Gender & Development Network (GADN) members who are trying to ensure that their organisations’ responses to the current sexual harassment revelations is transformative and based on a women’s rights perspective.

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Intersectionality: Reflections from the Gender & Development Network

November 2017

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.

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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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