GADN is an influential network of UK-based NGOs and leading experts working with partners worldwide to put gender equality and women’s rights at the heart of international development.
We promote gender equality and the rights of women and girls across the UK international development sector.
We aim to strengthen the UK government’s commitment, policy and practice towards achieving gender equality in its international work.
We seek to influence international bodies, such as the UN, proposing solutions and shaping the discourse around gender equality and women’s rights.
We share learning and build members’ capacity to deliver effectively on gender equality.
We collaborate with organisations in the global south, and are part of a fast-growing global feminist movement.
How we work
Support our members to learn, share best practice, and develop joint advocacy.
Share information and analysis in weekly updates and resources.
Take a leadership role where needed, for example focusing on emerging issues such as safeguarding and PSEAH
GADN supported members to respond quickly and effectively to revelations of sexual harassment and abuse in INGOs in March 2018.
Aim to play a positive role within global feminist movements.
Share information and analysis and creating spaces for others’ voices.
Enable our members to work on shared agendas with feminists in the global south through events such as the FEMNET workshop in July 2018.
Develop joint advocacy with partners such as FEMNET and AWID, particularly through the GEM project.
Work with feminist allies internationally to advocate for change.
Advocate for better gender equality policies and practice in the UK international development sector and international institutions.
GADN influenced the international agenda in 2017 by successfully pressuring the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to recognise that macro-level economic policies influence gender equality. A UN working group was established which produced a report specifically on these issues.