Posts in International processes
Push No One Behind: how current economic policy exacerbates gender inequality

July 2019

Briefing: Aspirations to ‘leave no one behind’ cannot be met while women continue to be pushed behind by economic policies such as austerity. Governments must consider the myriad of alternative policies that put rights and equality first. Written with FEMNET.

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How social protection, public services and infrastructure impact women’s rights

January 2019

Briefing: Social protection, public services and infrastructure interact with women’s rights and gender equality. If Governments maximise spending in these areas in an integrated, gender-responsive way, it can be a powerful tool for gender equality. Written in partnership with FEMNET.

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The impact of economic reforms and austerity measures on women’s human rights

March 2018

GADN submission: To the the UN 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.  Ahead of the Independent Expert's thematic report to the UN General Assembly, 73rd session (2018).

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Macroeconomic policy and women's economic empowerment

September 2017

Discussion paper: The ability to advance women’s economic empowerment will be shaped by the overall economic environment, and macroeconomic policies. A collaboration with members of the UNSG’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Led by UN Women, with contributions from GADN, WIEGO, the ILO, the ITUC, Open Society Foundations and ActionAid.

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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.  Government’s must play a central role in achieving women’s economic empowerment, they should prioritise tackling the underlying barriers to economic empowerment, particularly those faced by marginalised women.

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CSW61 Factsheet: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

January 2017

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.

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First report of the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment: Response by the Gender & Development Network

October 2016

Our initial response to the Panel’s first report, Leave no one behind: a call to action on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, outlines its strengths as well as the areas where more work will be needed as we move forward to the Panel’s next report in March 2017.

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Breaking down the barriers: Macroeconomic policies that promote women’s economic equality

May 2016

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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Joint Position calling for a pledge to empower women at the World Humanitarian Summit

August 2015

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) aims at major global reforms to better protect and assist people affected by crisis. The Gender and Development Network alongside many other organisations have collectively called on the WHS to put women’s leadership, gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) at the heart of these reforms.

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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

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.

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Post-2015 Working Group Propose Indicators for SDG Goal 5

July 2015

Members of the Gender and Development Network (GADN) Post-2015 working group propose indicators for the suggested targets under Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the zero draft outcome document of the Open Working Group.  These reflect their substantial analysis of the Post 2015 framework which can be found at

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