How social protection, public services and infrastructure impact women’s rights

January 2019

In this briefing, we look at the ways that social protection, public services and infrastructure interact with women’s rights and gender equality. We conclude that governments should maximise their available resources for spending in these three areas, which can be powerful tools for gender equality and women’s rights when implemented in an integrated gender-responsive and transformative way.

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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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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.

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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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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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Post-2015 Working Group Propose Indicators for SDG Goal 5

July 2015

Members of the Gender and Development Network (GADN) Post-2015 working group propose indicators for the suggested targets under Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the zero draft outcome document of the Open Working Group.  These reflect their substantial analysis of the Post 2015 framework which can be found at www.gadnetwork.org.

Download the paper here.

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Making Financing for Development Work for Gender Equality: What is needed at Addis and beyond

Making Financing for Development Work for Gender Equality: What is needed at Addis and beyond

June 2015

Throughout the Post-2015 process, many governments have successfully championed gender equality within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is now vital that sufficient funding is secured and that, crucially, this is of high quality and raised in a way that promotes gender equality and women’s rights. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) provides a timely opportunity. However, although there has been significant visibility of gender equality issues within the FfD3 process, there has been limited recognition that different sources of financing have differing impacts on gender equality or that gender biases within the economy continue to reinforce discrimination against women and girls.

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Untangling Gender Mainstreaming: A Theory of Change based on experience and reflection

Untangling Gender Mainstreaming: A Theory of Change based on experience and reflection

March 2015

This paper, produced by the GADN Gender Mainstreaming Working Group, explores the concept and practicalities of gender mainstreaming. It draws on learning from staff with responsibility for gender mainstreaming in nine UK based international Non Governmental Organisations (INGOs) and their Southern based partner organisations; wider discussions with GADN members and women’s rights activists; as well as the personal experiences and reflections of the authors. It elaborates a Theory of Change setting out the component parts of gender mainstreaming, how these relate to each other, and how they collectively contribute towards the wider goal of gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights. 
 

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