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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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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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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Measuring progress on women’s participation and influence in decision-making in the SDGs: Recommendations to the Inter-agency and Expert Group and UN Member States

Measuring progress on women’s participation and influence in decision-making in the SDGs: Recommendations to the Inter-agency and Expert Group and UN Member States

July 2015

The GADN Women’s Participation and Leadership Working Group has published a paper setting out recommendations on global indicators on women’s participation and leadership. The paper is intended to inform the process for developing a global indicator list for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Download the paper here.

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Key Messages on Financing for Development from GADN

June 2015

In our briefing paper Making Financing for Development Work for Gender Equality: What is needed at Addis and beyond the Gender and Development Network has outlined how gender equality and women’s rights should be addressed in the Financing for Development Process. In this summary document, we highlight our five key messages in relation to the ongoing negotiation on the Addis Ababa Accord, and make specific language suggestions based on drafts to date. 

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Summary of positions on negotiations for the post-2015 framework

February 2015

Throughout the discussions around the post-2015 framework some major advances have been made towards the achievement of gender equality, and there are a number of proposals that we believe are essential to protect as we move towards the final deliberations. However, the Gender and Development Network (GADN) remains concerned about various issues that are continuing to undermine the creation of a truly progressive framework strong enough to tackle the deep rooted and persistent gender inequalities that exist.

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Gender equality and women's rights at the UN General Assembly post-2015 discussion

September 2014

In this paper we reflect first on the overall current state of the post-2015 debate and then comment on the final Outcome Document of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals, suggesting what could be usefully kept or improved.

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Girl's Education working group post-2015 position paper

February 2014

The education goal within the post-2015 framework must take this into account; girls and women must no longer be left behind. Further, education and the inclusion of girls and women must not be seen in isolation, being intrinsically linked to other goals, such as the elimination of early marriage, sanitation infrastructure, stopping violence against women and goals and sexual and reproductive health.

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