Can public-private partnerships deliver gender equality?

March 2019

Our latest briefing, written in partnership with Eurodad and FEMNET, explores how public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been widely promoted to help countries finance meeting the SDGs, despite a growing body of evidence that challenges the capacity of PPPs to deliver gender equality and other social goals.

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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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Developing a life course approach to women’s rights and gender equality

November 2018

In this thinkpiece, Kate Horstead considers some of the impacts of structural inequalities across the entire life course, suggesting that this is an important area that needs more research and analysis.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Women's Economic Justice Group's submission to the review of the UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

July 2015

The paper highlights the gender-specific impacts of business on women's human rights which frequently tend to be overlooked, and makes a case for strengthening policy coherence between the UK government's commitments on women’s rights, the business and human rights agenda, and its rapidly expanding focus on promoting the role of the private sector in development.

Download either a summary or the full-length submission.

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GADN Women’s Economic Justice working group’s submission to the World Bank Group’s Gender Strategy

July 2015

The Women's Economic Justice working group has written a submission to the World Bank Gender Strategy on key gender gaps that the World Bank Group should focus on to support countries in implementing these goals. 

Download the paper here.

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Turning Promises into Progress - extract - Unpaid Care

February 2015

Turning Promises into Progress is a joint report with GAPS UK and the UK SRHR Network.  Over the last two decades there have been many new commitments and increasing political rhetoric on gender equality and the realisation of rights for women and girls, but limited real progress in achieving either. In our report, we conclude that this is, in part, because the underlying causes of gender equality have not been addressed and there was insufficient political will to make the changes needed on the ground.

This section of the report looks specifically at Unpaid Care. The full report is available to download here.

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Turning Promises into Progress - extract - Womens' Economic Empowerment and Equality

February 2015

Turning Promises into Progress is a joint report with GAPS UK and the UK SRHR Network.  Over the last two decades there have been many new commitments and increasing political rhetoric on gender equality and the realisation of rights for women and girls, but limited real progress in achieving either. In our report, we conclude that this is, in part, because the underlying causes of gender equality have not been addressed and there was insufficient political will to make the changes needed on the ground.

This section of the report looks specifically at Women's Economic Empowerment and Equality. The full report is available to download here.

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