Subject: GAD Network - January Newsletter

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The Gender and Development Network was recently invited to give evidence to the International Development Committee inquiry on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jessica Woodroffe, our Director, highlighted that gender is a cross-cutting issue throughout the SDGs, and that promoting gender equality can drive the achievement of each of the SDGs. 

GADN is very pleased to have been commissioned by the Bretton Woods Project to contribute to their new project on gender and macro-economics. The project will look at the way in which current macro-economic policies, particularly those promoted by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, undermine gender equality. Watch this space for updates!

The FLOW fund, provided by the Dutch government, is the only remaining large global fund which focuses on women’s rights – a field which tends to be greatly under-resourced. GADN joins many organisations around the world in its concern about the decisions made in the most recent round of funding.

GADN’s working groups on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and the Post-2015 agenda have called for the removal of age caps in SDG indicators on violence against women. Writing to Baroness Verma, the two GADN working groups emphasise the importance of ensuring women and men of all ages are adequately represented in measuring the goals and targets of the SDGs.
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Plan UK has recently released its report “We want to learn about good love”: Findings from a qualitative study assessing the links between comprehensive sexuality education and violence against women and girls. This report demonstrates that comprehensive sexuality education can be seen not only as part of a quality education, but also as part of a holistic approach to preventing violence against women and girls.

As part of its What Works research programme - What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Conflict and Humanitarian Settings - the International Rescue Committee UK has published its first research report "Responding to Typhoon Haiyan: women and girls left behind." This report assesses how the humanitarian sector met the needs of women and girls in the response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces the creation of the United Nations first ever high-level panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment at Davos. Pictured with Justine Greening, Development Secretary, United Kingdom and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Photo credit: United Nations
Jobs and opportunities

Oxfam International, Head of Eliminate Violence Against Women Campaign. This post will be part of the Oxfam International Secretariat Advocacy & Campaigns team and based ideally in Denmark. The deadline for applications is 12th February. 

Oxfam GB, Gender Justice and Women's Rights Director. This role will provide strategic
leadership to Oxfam’s work on gender justice and be responsible for aligning its commitment to women’s rights across all divisions in Oxfam GB. The deadline for applications is 19th February.

Oxfam South Sudan - Gender Advisor. The postholder will manage the South Sudan component of a multi country Institutionalising Gender in Emergencies project funded by ECHO. The deadline for applications is 1st February.

IRC - Emergency Women's Protection and Empowerment Manager. The IRC is seeking an Emergency Women’s Protection and Empowerment Manager based in Unity State, South Sudan. The deadline for applications is 22nd February.

ActionAid - International Programme Manager - Women's Rights. ActionAid is seeking a 1 year maternity cover for the role of International Programme Manager for Women’s Rights. The deadline for applications is 10th February.

Plan UK - Consultant: External review on Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Plan UK is currently recruiting for a consultant to review global guidance and evidence on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and provide strategic recommendations for Plan’s future programme work in this area. The deadline for applications is 5th February.

iDE - Senior Gender Advisor. This is an opportunity to provide targeted technical support and leadership for iDE UK, a leading organisation in implementing market-based approaches to poverty alleviation and WASH solutions. The deadline for applications is 14th February.

Womankind Worldwide Inc. - Board Member. The American arm of Womankind Worldwide is seeking a Board Member to join its six strong team. They are looking for a US based individual with a passion for women’s rights, experience of fundraising from foundations or individuals and strong networks and contacts through which to publicise fundraising. The deadline for applications is 29th March.

Upcoming Events and Trainings

ActionAid Campaigner Conference 2016 - Global Activism: Standing Together – 6th February, 10am – 4.30pm. Join ActionAid for its 2016 campaigner conference – a day of solidarity and celebration with grassroots campaigners from developing countries. You’ll hear inspiring activists talk about their campaigning work, and have the chance to learn more about activism, from ending violence against women to making the global tax system fair for everyone. It's free to attend. 

Webinar: Social norms and violence against women and girls – Governance and Social Development Resource Centre - 9th February, 10-11.30am. Dr Lori Heise and Dr Emma Fulu discuss key issues and emerging debates from recent literature on social norms and VAWG. This online discussion will bring together a range of development practitioners and policy-makers, including DFID advisors, to reflect on the literature and share their experiences.

Webinar: Strengthening women's rights in land governance - International Institute for Environment and Development, 2nd February, 12-1.30pm. This online seminar is designed for civil society organisations in low and middle-income countries that want to support communities – and women in particular – whose land rights and livelihoods are affected by agricultural projects.

Training: Gender Analysis and Planning - INTRAC, 29th February to 2nd March. This course will enable you to effectively and systematically analyse contexts and plan development and humanitarian programmes from a gender equality perspective.

Online discussion: Sharing best practices on women's land rights - Land Portal Foundation, 25 January to 5 February. The discussion will focus on the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC), sharing best practices and lessons learned for supporting women’s land rights.
Calls for Papers
Conference and Call for Papers: Adolescence, Youth and Gender: Building Knowledge for Change, 8-9th September 2016, University of Oxford. This two-day international conference will promote critical reflection on the latest evidence, current paradigms, concepts and approaches to adolescence, youth and gender in international development. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15th February 2016.
Reproductive Health Matters Journal issue 46 is now available online. The themed issue is on ‘sexuality, sexual rights and sexual politics’. 90% of RHM papers are free to download. Abstracts for new journal papers are available to download in English, French, and Spanish.

The VAWG Helpdesk has launched the new DFID Guidance Note “Shifting social norms to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)”. 

UN announces first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

On 21st January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to provide thought leadership and mobilise concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world.

Foresight Africa 2016: Maintaining a focus on women’s empowerment. This blog from Brookings looks at women's leadership and empowerment across the continent at the beginning of 2016.

BRIDGE has recently published an article on gender in the Paris climate change agreement, 'Without a focus on gender how effective can the climate agreement be?'.
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