GADN at Beijing+20; new co-Chairs & resources for gender equality for campaining

GADN attends ‘Beijing+20: Accelerating Global Gender Equality, Pre-CSW Annual National Consultation with Women’

Members of GADN recently attended the UK Government’s annual consultation event ahead of CSW59. GADN Advisory Group member, Lee Webster, spoke on the panel discussion ‘Accelerating progress in gender equality’ with the Minister for Women and Equalities, Jo Swinson MP.

The UK Government Equalities Office has recently launched an online consultation on progress towards gender equality in the UK since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. You can share your views here.

GADN appoints two new co-Chairs

GADN is delighted to announce the appointment of our two new co-Chairs, Kanwal Ahluwalia and Daphne Jayasinghe.
We would also like to say a very heartfelt thank you to Rachel Carter (initially from Womankind and now at Amnesty) who has Chaired GADN over the last two years, during a time where we have grown rapidly and become more influential with DFID and others in the sector.  Her principled, strategic approach leaves us in a good place to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise in the coming year.

We would also like to thank Samantha French (WaterAid) for all her work as Treasurer.  She will be replaced by fellow Board Member Catherine Klirodotakou (Womankind).

New resources on integrating gender equality into campaigns

Our new briefing ‘Ten steps towards integrating gender equality into campaigns’, and our ‘Gender and Campaigning Training Pack’ are designed to support campaigners and communicators seeking to address gender equality and women's and girls’ rights more effectively in their work.

In recent years, gender equality and ‘women and girls’ have become the subject of an unprecedented focus by development actors, donor governments and the international community. Development NGOs are increasingly seeking to take up the cause of gender equality in their advocacy and campaigning, either by developing specific women’s rights campaigns, or by trying to incorporate a gender focus into other campaigns.  

However, this new commitment is not always matched by an understanding of what challenging gender inequality means in practice.  Integrating gender is sometimes difficult, especially without the right tools or expertise.  

These resources provide some of the insights and practical ideas needed to understand why and how to integrate gender equality and the rights of women and girls into international development campaigns.  

For more information about the resources, or to download the ‘Gender and Campaigning Training Pack’, click here.

Mayeesha Jamil