Gender equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) Project
GADN is very pleased to have been commissioned by the Bretton Woods Project to contribute to their project on gender equality and macroeconomics (GEM). The project will look at the way in which current macroeconomic policies, particularly those promoted by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, undermine gender equality. Working with allies globally, the project also encourages decision-makers to promote better alternative policy.
Within the project, GADN will be contributing to the work on the interrelationship between gender and macroeconomics, and leading on some of the work with the Department for International Development around this. We are not planning on becoming International Financial Institutions (IFI) experts, and will be leaving the analysis and influencing of IFI policy and practice to the experts at the Bretton Woods Project.
GADN has released the following publications as part of the GEM Project:
This briefing 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.
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.
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.
Government economic policy shapes women’s lives, and could be a force for equality, yet too often this potential is not realised. In 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.
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, we outline key recommendations to governments around unpaid care work.
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.
This briefing discusses concerns around the impact of the current global trade regime on gender equality and concludes with recommendations on how to develop trade agreements that promote gender equality.
On 13 December 2017, GADN and Oxfam came together with experts working on women’s rights, development economics, climate justice and globalisation, to discuss the current impacts of trade on women, and propose ways in which trade policy and agreements must change in order to ensure that they support, instead of threaten, gender equality and women’s rights.
GADN has written elsewhere of the need for transformation in the design of macro-level economic policies if gender equality and women’s rights are to be achieved. In conjunction with our partners globally, GADN has now developed a set of specific recommendations on some of the changes necessary.
This GADN 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.
In this briefing, cobranded with FEMNET, 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.
The Bretton Woods Project has also published the following briefings as part of the GEM Project:
This booklet is a civil society guide to why macroeconomics is important for gender equality, how the IMF and World Bank shape global macroeconomic policy, and most importantly how civil society can engage with these powerful institutions for gender justice.
This briefing argues the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality is in question and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of gender equality.
This briefing by Mae Buenaventura of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development explores the gender dimensions of the IMF’s key fiscal policy advice on resource mobilisation in developing countries, in particular on Value-Added Tax (VAT).
This briefing by Kate Donald and Nicholas Lusiani of the Center for Economic and Social Rights provides a brief assessment of the changing role of the International Monetary Fund (“IMF” or “the Fund”) with regards to one key fiscal consolidation measure: contractions in public expenditure.
The authors of this volume contend that the true fulfilment of women’s rights and the achievement of substantive gender equality, as well as a more equal society for all, begin with tackling structural, intersectional barriers faced by women, making macroeconomic policy a crucial arena where systemic inequalities are entrenched and therefore where truly transformative policies and programmes can uproot these disparities.
This briefing by Martha Alter Chen and Rachel Moussié of Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) explores the IMF’s approach to labour market policies, in particular to female labour force participation, in the context of women in the informal economy.
This analysis argues that the World Bank’s recent approach to gender equality constitutes an attempt at establishing a consensus over the regulation of the economy; a tempered version of neoliberalism that carries a feminist face.
You can find out more about the Bretton Woods Project's side of the GEM Project here.