Subject: GADN July 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 July

We have published GADN position paper, now available to download from our website: Making Financing for Development Work for Gender Equality: What is needed at Addis and beyond drafted jointly by ActionAid, ChristianAid, WomenKind and IPPF and VSO. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Note from our Chair, Jessica

As many of you know, Francesca Rhodes has left GADN for a new job at Oxfam. We will all miss her - she has done great work for GADN over the last few years. However we are delighted that in her new role she will now be on the GADN Advisory Group for Oxfam, so we can all look forward to working with her in the future.

The good news is that we have appointed our new co-ordinator Kady Billington-Murphy. She will be doing some days induction over the summer and then starting three days per week from September 7th. Kady is already working two days a week for the Gender, Peace and Security Network and will combine this with her days at GADN. She brings substantial and very relevant experience of working in international NGOs, most recently at Minority Rights Group International, as well as an MSC in gender and inequalities. We are delighted to welcome her to the team.

We are also extremely grateful to Sian Webb, an ex-intern at GADN, for doing one day a week as interim co-ordinator over the summer. She can be contacted on

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

GADN Member Updates
Plan UK has launched a new report: Preventing Child Marriage in the Commonwealth: the Role of Education. The report and executive summary attached discusses how education stakeholders could do more to prevent child marriage. It also includes new statistical information about the scale of the problem across the Commonwealth.

CARE International is pleased to share with you the report: “TO PROTECT HER HONOUR” Child Marriage in emergencies – the fatal confusion between protecting girls and sexual violence. This report is the first in the Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Contexts: Critical Issues Series. It is designed for humanitarian workers, policy-makers and donors to: (1) highlight promising practices and/or gaps in programming; and (2) critically analyse work in the field of gender and protection in humanitarian contexts. The paper examines the issue of child marriage in the Syrian context, and what we can learn from our experiences there. Read the full report here.

ActionAid UK has released a new report: ‘FEARLESS: Standing with women and girls to end violence’, urging the UK and the international community to champion the anticipated target on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals by ensuring adequate financing, accountability, and the full participation of women’s organisations to ensure its implementation. You can sign their petition to David Cameron here. Supporting this finding, ActionAid’s new survey of frontline women’s rights activists found that they feel increasingly under threat, with nearly two thirds reporting a deterioration in their safety and security in the last two years.

African Initiatives has launched their 'School not Slavery!' Child Marriage Appeal. Donate here and you could help a girl escape a forced marriage and a lifetime of destitution – or early death. Please also sign their petition calling on Justine Greening to escalate spending on girls' education to end child marriage now!

28 Too Many have launched their latest research report, Country Profile: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in SenegalThere has been little change in the national prevalence of FGM in Senegal over recent years which has remained at 25.7% of girls and women (aged 14 to 59). However behind this is a complicated picture with varying rates in different parts of the country and in some areas prevalence is as high as 92% (Kedouga).

Saferworld has launched their new report, Violence against women in Egypt: Prospects for improving police response. This report examines the policing response to violence against women in Egypt, in particular the role of the Violence Against Women Unit in the Ministry of Interior.

Girls not Brides marked the Day of the African Child, 16 June 2015, by calling for renewed action to end child marriage across Africa and calling on all African governments to develop and implement national strategies and action plans that are comprehensive and well-resourced. Read more on their website.
Plan International Rwanda celebrated the Day of African Child with ‎Burundi refugee children in Mahama Refugees camp. Around 8,000 people, mostly composed by 60% children attended the function and had good time celebrating the day dedicated to them. "It was so nice, we would like more like this, where we get to be happy and told about our rights." asserts, 18 years old refugee girl, Inamahoro.       
Photo credit: Plan Rwanda, June 16, 2015
Roj Women is recruiting a VAWG project leader (paid) and four female volunteers to provide culturally sensitive advice and psychological support for women from Kurdish and Turkish communities who face violence. More information.

UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Hub in Bangkok is seeking an intern to support the refinement of a new regional project on Gender, Violence and Human Rights. UN internships are for graduate students to complement their academic work with hands-on experience with an international organization. More details, and directions to apply are here.

The UK Stabilisation Unit is currently recruiting for a Gender & Conflict Adviser to lead the delivery of their cross-cutting objective on gender, peace and security. Closing date 12th July.

GirlHub are looking for an experienced Project Director to lead on the design, set-up and implementation of the organisation’s contribution to the PEPFAR ‘DREAMS' programme. Details here.

Oxfam's paid trainee scheme is open, designed to find people from a wide range of backgrounds to join their Campaigns, Policy and Influencing team for an exciting 11-month programme. Closing date 12 July. More details here.

International Rescue Committee are seeking a Community Wellbeing Initiative/WPE Coordinator in Ethiopia and a Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Monitoring, Evaluation and learning Manager in South Sudan. Details on the links attached.

Womankind is seeking a new CEO to provide vision, leadership and inspiration to Womankind Worldwide, and to implement the outcomes of the newly reviewed organisational strategy. More details here.

GirlHub is looking for a Senior Manager for their Girl Specialist team in Rwanda. Closing 28th July.

Women for Women International are looking for an Associate Director, Economic Empowerment for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. More details here.
Blog: Development finance's $83bn question: who will pay for gender equality? / 25 June 2015 /  Chiara Capraro and Kasia Staszewska

Blog: How Should Donors Work with Private Sector? / 12 June 2015 / Owen Barder and Theodore Talbot

Video: Who Cares? Tackling Barriers to Growth and Productivity in an Aging World / 26 May 2015 / World Bank Group, Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality, and the Poverty and Social Protection & Labor global practices

Video: Safe Cities - Global Initiative / 11 June 2015 / UN Women
Upcoming Events and Training
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG), University of Bern will conduct the third round of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Gender, Justice, Globalisation from February 2016 until March 2017. Participants will be acquainted with complex processes of globalisation, which not only challenge global agendas of justice and human rights, but also transform gender relations. The course will be led by a team of international experts such as Prof. Sylvia Chant from the London School of Economics, Prof. Yakin Ertürk, the former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Ursula Keller from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The course language is English.
Registration deadline: 04th January 2016. Venue: University of Bern, Switzerland
For more information, see their website, email or +41 (0)31 631 52 68

The KODE Understanding & Addressing Gender Based Violence in Development Contexts course has been added to their autumn schedule.This course will start on 17th October and is eight weeks in duration and fully tutor supported. Full details available here.

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development is hosting a panel discussion, “Beyond 2015: Financing Equitable Access to Health” where they will bring together donors, partner countries, technical partners and civil society to discuss their respective roles in the future health financing model and achieving equitable access to healthcare in the SDGs. 
Venue: Intercontinental Addis Hotel, Addis Ababa
Wednesday 15 July, 13:15-14:45
(light lunch provided at 12:30)
Please RSVP by 10 July to

The Society for Research into Higher Education is hosting an event, Climbing the greasiest of poles? Women and HE leadership in developing countries. 
Venue: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
Monday, 13 July 2015, 11.30 -15.45
Free to members, there is a charge of £60 for non-members. 
Register by 8 July.

FORWARD are hosting the event Raising Voices of African Diaspora Women on the 25th of July. This event will provide an opportunity for members of the African diaspora to reflect on the challenges and progress on human rights and development for African women and girls. The day will also explore the contribution of women in the African Diaspora on issues relating to gender and human rights in the Diaspora and on the African continent.
Time: 2 – 6.30 pm
Venue: Impact Hub Westminster, 1st Floor, New Zealand House,
80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TE
Please RSVP to register your attendance by email:

The Muslim Women’s Network UK's Annual General Meeting 2015
and event on Islamophobia and Discrimination
Event Hosted by Shabana Mahmood MP, 31 July 2015.
For more information please contact Executive Director Faeeza Vaid on /07535 703 567
*Please note that this event is primarily open to members registered by 24 July 2015. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please contact Faeeza on

Can innovation prizes be used as a tool to support the world’s poorest communities?
Date: 7th July 3pm
Venue: Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1DE

Register here to join us on 7th July to debate this issue. We will discuss our initial findings and lessons learnt from the Ideas to Impact research and design process and launch our first set of learning papers. The event includes an introduction from Tim Wheeler, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) and director of the organisation’s Research and Evidence Division, who will outline how Ideas to Impact contributes to DFID’s wider research agenda. Join them from your computer, tablet or smartphone online.

UN Women Training Centre announces new course: Why We Care about Care: An online moderated course on Care Economy
Dates: 14 September - 15 November
Duration: 8 weeks Language: English and Spanish
Cost: USD 800 (scholarships are available)
Moderators: Dr. Amaia Pérez Orozco, Dr. Alba Artiaga Leiras
Registration deadline: Wednesday, 29 July 2015

This course aims to provide a global perspective on care, care work, and care economy. It will enhance awareness, knowledge and understanding on the critical place care work occupies in development, while simultaneously providing skills and tools for analyzing and identifying types of interventions and policies for a fair and equal social organization of care to advance human development, gender equality and women's empowerment.
Register now! For more information about the course download the flyer here.
Calls for Papers
UNU-WIDER, in collaboration with the University of Namur (UNamur), Belgium, is organizing a project focusing on core issues in gender and development. They invite proposals for papers exploring various themes related to gender and development. Submissions using different analytical methods such as quantitative and qualitative empirical methods, mixed methods, historical analyses, experiments, and theoretical analyses are welcome. More details here.

Consultations on the World Bank’s new Gender Strategy in Brussels will take place on 8 July, but written submissions can be inputted via their consultation website.
Delivering for parents: Commission withdraws stalled maternity leave proposal and paves the way for a fresh approach / European Commission / 1st July 

Publications and Resources
STOPAIDS has released a new report, 'Towards a DFID Strategy on Global Health' calling on DFID to embrace the mission to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 and integrate its various work on health into one coherent strategy to maximise the synergies across different diseases. 

VSO Article, 'A Community Practitioner Abroad: listening to women in Dailekh, Nepal' on women’s participation in decision making, undertaking action research to support the women to identify the barriers to their involvement in decision making and to help them identify the solutions that would be meaningful to them.

WHO has published the long-awaited report on sexual health, human rights and the law. 

The Gender Equality Index 2015 Report provides a comprehensive measure of gender equality, tailored to fit the EU policy context. Following the importance of cohesion across EU Member States, the Gender Equality Index ensures that higher gender equality scores can only be obtained in societies where there are small gender gaps and high lev­els of achievement.
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