Thinkpiece: It has become increasingly important to think about development through the lens of intersectionality. This Thinkpiece shows how postcolonial theory also has much to offer, exploring how both intersectionality and postcolonial feminism can expand our understanding of gender, race and capitalism. Written by Sara Salem.
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.
GADN has had another successful year promoting gender equality and women’s rights globally. We have influenced UK and international decision makers to improve the impact of their work, and supported our members to continue improving their policy and practice.
Briefing: Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been widely promoted to help countries finance SDG targets, despite growing evidence that challenges the capacity of PPPs to deliver gender equality and other social goals. Written in partnership with Eurodad and FEMNET.
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.
Think piece: Kate Horstead, Age International, considers the impact of structural inequalities across the entire life course, suggesting that this is an important area that needs more research and analysis.
Briefing: A binding gender-just international accountability framework for Transnational Corporations (TNCs) is crucial. A collaboration between a wide range of organisations under the umbrella of the Feminists for a Binding Treaty coalition.
Think piece: Zimbabwe-based feminist activist Nancy Kachingwe shares her thoughts about how best to tackle cultures of exploitation in the sector. Following revelations in early-2018 of sexual abuse and violence among international aid and humanitarian agencies.
Briefing: Dinah Musindarwezo, Womankind Worldwide, 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.
GADN recommendations: How INGOs should respond to revelations of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. Based on the experiences and research of GADN members organisations.
GADN submission (Women's Economic Justice Working Group): To the International Development Select Committee Inquiry on DFID's Economic Development Strategy. Commitments to women's economic empowerment are welcome, but structural barriers must be taken take into account if it is to deliver on its commitments.
Briefing: Political economy analysis ignores one of the most pervasive systems of power in society – gender. A gendered political economy analysis examines how gender and other social inequalities shape people’s access to power and resources, and ensures that women’s perspectives inform the process, content and use of the analysis.
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).
This compilation of guidance and resources has been prepared by Elanor Jackson and Kanwal Ahluwalia for GADN members who are trying to ensure that their organisations’ responses to sexual harassment revelations is transformative and based on a women’s rights perspective.
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. GADN attempts a summary of the discussion in order to assist our members and colleagues to better define the concept and how to use it.
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.
GADN was invited to comment on the way forward for the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Strategic Vision for Women and Girls.
Trade has the potential to advance gender equality and realise women’s rights by expanding decent work opportunities for women and contributing to sustainable and equitable economic development. However, in many cases this potential has not been fulfilled; trade, and the agreements that establish its rules, have impacted negatively on the lives of many women.
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.
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. We outline key recommendations to governments around unpaid care work.
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.
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.
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.
The GADN Working Group on Women's Economic Justice has made a submission to the Joint Committe on Human Rights' Inquiry into human rights and business.
GADN's Feminist Alternatives Project was created in response to our members’ desire to improve the effectiveness of their organisations in achieving gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights, and to understand better the alternatives that are promoted by feminists globally.
Around the world, the way women live and work is shaped by economic policies that dictate the kinds of employment, resources, benefits and decision-making power available to them. True empowerment begins with tackling the structural barriers that women face. This means turning our attention to macroeconomics and its impact on gender equality and women’s rights.
The VAWG and Humanitarian Working Groups submitted written evidence for a House of Lords’ Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict Inquiry. The 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.
GADN has partnered with WaterAid to produce a new briefing, Achieving gender equality through WASH.
The Gender and Development Network has responded to the IDC inquiry into the Sustainable Development Goals. You can read the complete response here.
GADN recommendations: As the UK co-hosted the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference 2016, GADN called 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. Written in partnership with Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS).
📷 Pregnant women wait for an ultrasound scan at the Kolonyi hospital in Uganda (October 2016)