Subject: GADN August Newsletter

The Gender and Development Network (GADN) is a diverse membership network of leading practitioners, academics and consultants working on gender and development issues in the UK. GADN has been active in advocacy and awareness-raising on gender and development issues since its founding in 1985.

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GADN Monthly Update 

Welcome to our August

A warm welcome to Ines Smyth (Consultant formerly at Oxfam) and Chiara Capraro (Christian Aid) who have now joined the GADN Advisory Group.

Enjoy the updates, opportunities, and events included. Please do not hesitate to send us anything you would like included in the monthly newsletter in the future. You can also access the newsletter at

The GADN Team

GADN is recruiting a consultant to work on feminist alternatives to current paradigms

GADN is looking for a consultant to help the network further develop our understanding of feminist alternatives to current development paradigms. We want to ensure that our short-term policy proposals are rooted in the longer term structural changes needed for gender equality, particularly as identified by marginalised women themselves.

The consultant will need to combine experience of working on gender and development, including with southern women’s rights organisations, with an understanding of the way GADN’s members work and how change happens within INGOs. They will have to be UK based and available to attend meetings in London with network members.

Download the terms of reference here. Application deadline is Wednesday 9th September, 2015. Interviews will take place on September 16th by phone.
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Trustee Vacancy at GADN

GADN is recruiting for a new member of its Board of Trustees. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be involved in the governance and future direction of our dynamic network. We are particularly interested in finding a new Board member with knowledge and current experience of organisational development and/or management within an international non-governmental organisation.

Download the application pack here. Application deadline is Monday 7th September. Interviews will be held in London on Tuesday 15th September or Wednesday 16th September in the afternoon.
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GADN is recruiting a Research Officer

The Research Officer will lead our work on a new project on macro-economics and gender equality, as well as supporting the Secretariat in other areas of policy. This new post is two days a week.

Please see job description and application form. The deadline for applications is 10:00 on Monday September 14th, 2015. For more information contact (however please note that this email will only be checked intermittently until September 6th). Interviews will be held on September 23rd at the ActionAid offices.

GADN Member Updates
Working Group Updates

GADN Women's Economic Justice working group has submitted to the World Bank Group's Gender Strategy on key gender gaps that the World Bank Group should focus on to support countries in implementing these goals. Download the paper here
They have also submitted to the review of the UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, highlighting the gender-specific impacts of business on women's human rights which frequently tend to be overlooked, and makes a case for strengthening policy coherence between the UK government's commitments on women’s rights, the business and human rights agenda, and its rapidly expanding focus on promoting the role of the private sector in development. Download either a summary or the full-length submission.

GADN Gender and Disability working group has jointly submitted with the IDDC to the CRPD Committee on the Draft General Comment on Article 6: Women with Disabilities. Download the submission here.

GADN Humanitarian working group has drafted a position on the World Humanitarian Summit, believing that transformative change in the humanitarian system is impossible unless reforms account for gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV). Download the paper here.

GADN Participation and Leadership working group has published a paper setting out recommendations on global indicators on women’s participation and leadership for the Sustainable Development Goals. Download the paper here.

Members Updates

African Initiatives have launched a video appealcalling on your support to end child marriage. Please join them in demanding 'School not Slavery!' for every child.
Dr Martha Farrell, was recently killed in a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, while leading a gender training workshop with the Aga Khan Foundation. Martha was a director with PRIA, and was known and respected in India and around the world for her work on adult education, women's rights and gender equality. She had recently completed her PhD on the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace in India, and published the first Indian book on the subject, Engendering the Workplace: Gender Discrimination & Prevention of Sexual Harassment in Organisations, in 2014. There are plans for Martha's tireless efforts to promote gender mainstreaming throughout her life are recognised and taken forward, led by PRIA, to set up a memorial fund in her name - Martha Farrell Memorial Fund. Martha's obituary was published in The Guardian here.
ActionAid and DFID are looking to recruit an independent consultant (or consultancy team) to support action research and the final evaluation of a multi-country project tackling violence against women and girls in urban areas, in cities in Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar and Zimbabwe. Deadline is 7th August. Interviews provisionally scheduled the week of the 7th September).

The University of Warwick are recruiting for an Associate Professor, with a particular teaching gap in gender and international development. Deadline is 26 August.

28 Too Many seeks an experienced Research Coordinator for country profiles, responsible for the co-ordination of 3 new profiles & academic papers per year. Reporting to the Research Project Manager, each project has 6 remotely based research volunteers. Essential skills are: research; writing to a high standard; managing volunteers; working well with the Manager & Lead Editor; coordinating reports through to publication.  If interested: send your CV/covering email to

Africa Educational Trust is recruiting for a new Executive Director, responsible for implementing the Trust’s strategy, representing AET in its sector, inspiring its staff and managing its financial and human resources successfully. Deadline 14th August.

Irise International
is recruiting a Menstrual Health Education Programme Developer. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced young professional to contribute to work on a neglected women’s rights issue and to the growth of a small organisation. They must be passionate about the empowerment of women and excited about the challenges of working in a start-up. The full role description can be downloaded here.

Myanmar Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP) is recruiting for an International AdviserLocation: Yangon, with travel within the country expected periodically. Salary range: A competitive package will be offered. Deadline is 15 August; through September interviews will be conducted; position commences in October.

International Development Committee Select Committee is looking for an expert on international development policy to provide specialist advice on a consultancy basis in relation to the Committee’s forthcoming inquiry into the Sustainable Development Goals. Anyone who is interested in taking this role is asked to provide a statement of no more than 750 words (a) giving examples of how they meet the criteria and (b) suggesting, with reasons, three issues which the Committee should focus on in its new inquiry on the Sustainable Development GoalsApplicants should send their statements and a current CV to the International Development Committee at by Monday 24 August.

UCL Institute of Education are seeking a full time Research Associate.
You will join the project team for the international research project: Addressing School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) to Promote Safe and Supportive Learning Environments. Reference: 1478159 Closing date: 14th August 2015 Interview date: 7th September 2015. For further details, please email or call 020 7612 6159 (24 hour answerphone).

International Rescue Committee is recruiting for a Gender Specialist based in New York. Deadline is September 16th, 2015. The job closing date is September 16th, 2015.

Women Working Worldwide, a small, feminist, trade justice, anti-poverty, labour rights organisation, is recruiting new members to join its Board of Trustees. The Board provides strategic direction, management and financial oversight to the organisation and, when needed, technical support to staff. For more information, please email: with ‘Trustee Recruitment’ in the subject line.

The Bretton Woods Project is recruiting a Project & Research Officer focusing on Gender and the IFI's (international financial institutions) based in London. Deadline 16 August, interviews 3 September.

Unicef are recruiting a Regional Gender Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA), based in Amman Jordan. Deadline 13 August.

Girls not Brides are recruiting for two positions for their membership team - a Senior Member Engagement Officer and a Senior Partnerships Officer. They are able to apply for UK visas for both positions, and are looking for candidates with good experience in developing countries. Click here for more details. Deadline 1 September.

Islamic Relief UK are currently seeking a partner researcher/organisation to conduct a scoping research activity on faith perspectives on tackling domestic abuse in the UK. For further enquiries, please contact Deadline 31st August 2015. Joint proposals will also be considered.

Marie Stopes International have 2 vacancies for Regional Research Advisors (1 x permanent & 1 maternity cover c.9months, London.) The Regional Research Advisor vacancies opportunities are responsible for strengthening local capacity in order to ensure that research programmes in various African and some Asian countries are aligned with MSI global research priorities. Deadline 19th August.
More details can be found here for maternity cover and here for permanent role.
Upcoming Events and Training
Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls - the next steps

Central London, 15th October 2015 - 10:15-4:30

Public Policy Exchange invites you to a symposium to explore the progress made over the past ye
ar in tackling VAWG, including latest policy and funding developments and changes to the legal framework. More details here. Register here.

The World Bank is facilitating a free four-week e-course on Gender Equality and Energy from November 23, 2015 - December 18, 2015, exploring the linkages between gender and energy through video presentations, readings, quizzes, interactive problem-solving exercises, and online discussions. Topics covered include Gender and energy access: household energy and rural electrification, Gender equality and electricity infrastructure, Gender and clean energy: renewable energy and energy efficiency, Gender and energy policies and Tools and guidance.

International Conference: “15 Years of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: On Women, Peace and Security – Review and Outlook

Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 9:00-17:00 Maison de la Paix, ch. Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security. The conference provides an opportunity to reflect on the achievements to date and the challenges regarding the agenda for women, peace and security.

The conference will bring together governmental and civil society experts from all over the world to examine three interconnected issues related to women, peace and security: Gender equality in peace processes - making women’s influence count, Creating security for all and Gender equality from the peace table to peacebuilding and statebuilding. 

Conference languages: English and French
Register here until 28 August.

World Humanitarian Summit GBV Online Consultation - 6th August

Join on Thursday, 6 August for a live online consultation event organized by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection in support of the World Humanitarian Summit on the topic of Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Crises. London GMT 2pm-4pm.
More details here. Click here to register.


Forward is organising a one day OCN accredited training to increase knowledge, understanding and awareness for professionals on the practice of FGM.
Thursday October 2nd 10am-4:30pm
NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL
Calls for Papers
Call for evidence to UN on legal aid cuts and violence against women

Call for evidence, case studies and stories of individual women who have been victims of domestic violence, who have tried to seek the assistance of a solicitor and who have had difficulties in obtaining the evidence required to prove they are victims. The evidence will be included in the shadow report to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee, which provides civil society organisations with the opportunity to supplement the Government’s report on the impact of the civil legal aid cuts. NGO submission form here. If you have any questions about the evidence-gathering process, contact Smita Shah ( or Cris McCurley (

International Development Committee
Select Committee new inquiry into Sustainable Development Goals

The Committee is inquiring into how the goals will or should be implemented. The Committee invites written submissions from interested organisations and individuals. The deadline for these is 10 September 2015.
More information can be found on their website.

Blog and Videos
Publications and Resources
The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health have published a new report, Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals which demands greater attention in international development to links between population trends, climate change, conflict, migration and urbanisation.

DFID has released their quarterly publication, the VAWG Helpdesk Evidence Digest; reviewing the latest research and evidence, policy and news on violence against women and girls, including a new guidance note focussing on how to address VAWG in economic development programming.

PWESCR has published “Financing for Development: Addis Ababa and Beyond- Feminist Perspective from the Global South” in the context of preparatory debates on the Financing for Development (FfD). Stating FfD as a feminist issue, the brief argues that for financing to be effective in reducing poverty and delivering sustainable development, it needs to benefit women and men equally and contribute to empowering women and building equitable societies.

Civicus has published their annual State of Civil Society Report, offering a comprehensive picture of civil society and the conditions it works in around the world. The report features 27 guest essays on a range of funding issues encountered by civil society organisations and activists. Mama Cash Director of Programmes, Zohra Moosa, together with Urgent Action Fund’s Director for Learning and Partnerships collaborated on a guest essay: Resourcing for resilience: lessons from funding women’s rights movements.

The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) reacts to the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and expresses its strong disappointment with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Download their full response here.

The Spanish Network of Development Studies (REEDES), an academic and interdisciplinary network, specialized in research and teaching on development and international cooperation, has published a Manifesto for the inclusion of Development Studies in the National R + D + i Plan, an advocacy document approved by the REEDES’ general assembly, that recognizes the importance of Development Studies to solve global problems, and denounces its lack of public support and scientific recognition in Spain.

The Gender & Development Special Issue on Inequalities has been published. The articles in this issue of G&D, co-edited with Naila Kabeer, come from a wide range of voices in international development research, policy and practice, and offer a gendered perspective on inequalities. To subscribe to all content from the journal, you can also click here
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