Subject: GADN June Newsletter

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GADN Member Updates
Theatre for a Change is now offering accredited training courses for non-governmental organisations working with at-risk groups. The Essential TfaC comprises three training modules which can be tailored to respond to the individual needs of each organisation’s participants and staff: Sustainable Behaviour Change, Advocacy through Interactive and Legislative Theatre, and Advocacy through Interactive Radio.

Strengthening Support for LGBTIQ Adolescents- Plan UK
Plan UK and Plan Sweden have released this report which gives information on the status of LGBTIQ adolescents worldwide, suggestions on how to support LGBTIQ, and well as policy recommendations that help LGBTIQ adolescents.

Keeping Poverty Eradication and Human Rights at the Heart of Ireland's Changing Relationship with Africa- Trocaire
Ireland has a long established, well respected and important role to play in Africa as an 'honest broker' in politics and development. In the context of significant international trends towards a greater emphasis on 'private sector for development,' this briefing paper provides a series of recommendations about how Ireland should frame future trade promotion and engagement with the private sector in order to maximise the impact on reducing poverty and injustice in Africa.

Islamic Relief Worldwide has published a Gender Justice Policy, based on Islamic conceptual framework, which outlines the organisation’s commitment to taking gender justice into account in all humanitarian, development and advocacy work as well as in internal processes and procedures.

BRIDGE has published a new brief, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which discusses the gender dimensions of both the design and implementation of fiscal policies. It examines how public money can be collected and used in more gender equitable ways.
May 28 was Menstrual Hygiene Day.  #menstruationmatters 
To celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, Irise International wants to raise awareness and break the silence. Check out this link to see their video: Periods Change Lives

Photo credit: Irise International
The Trust Women Scholarship Programme funds leading women’s rights experts from across the world to attend the annual Trust Women conference, taking place in London in November 2015. In 2014, we received applications from 90 countries and selected Scholars from developing nations with expert knowledge of our conference themes. Scholarship applications will be open until June 26 2015. Applications can only be received online.

Brunel University London is offering an MA in Children, Youth and International Development commencing in September, catering specifically for those working, or interested in working, in the field of children, youth and international development. The course includes a work placement or participation in an academic exchange with the Norwegian Centre for Child Research in Trondheim. Further details, are available on the Brunel website. For further information, email

Social Development Direct has three vacancies: 
1. An in-country Team Leader (based in Kinshasa) to ensure effective, inclusive, timely and value for money implementation of “La Pépinière”, DFID DRC’s Programme for Adolescent Girls programme, aiming to empower adolescent girls and young women. 
2. A Capacity Building Lead to lead the development of and ensure effective, timely and high quality delivery of the capacity building component of “La Pépinière”, DFID DRC’s Programme for Adolescent Girls, aiming to empower adolescent girls and young women. 
3.  A Capacity Building and Training Manager (based in Kinshasa) to contribute to the development of and ensure effective, timely and high quality delivery of the capacity building component of “La Pépinière”, DFID DRC’s Programme for Adolescent Girls, aiming to empower adolescent girls and young women. 

The Varkey Foundation is recruiting for an Education Lead for their Girls’ Education Challenge project, Making Ghanaian Girls Great! (MGCubed). The role is based in our Accra office. Deadline is 10th June.

Blog: 20 Years of Shamefully Scarce Funding for Feminists and Women's Rights Organizations/13 May 2015/ Lydia Alpízar Durán

Video: Inequality Matters: austerity policies, gender and race/ 14 May 2015/ Stephanie Seguino

Podcast: What causes conflict and how can it be solved?/ 21 May 2015/ Hugh Muir and Clár Ní Chonghaile
Upcoming Events and Trainings
Centre for Global Development Summer School 2015 is hosting:
The post-2015 development agenda: manifesto for an age of global
inequality and turmoil?

15 - 18 June 2015
University of Leeds

University of Leeds fee £350, Non University of Leeds fee £400
Topics include: The EU and SDGs,Conflict and Peacebuilding, Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity, An Introduction to Sustainability, Food , Gender and the SDGs,
Multidimensional Poverty Measurement, and more.
For more information, please email:

Above the Parapet Series at LSE, which seeks to capture the experiences of high profile women who have shaped public life, is hosting two speakers:

Julia Gillard was Prime Minister of Australia 2010-13 and the first woman to hold this p
osition. She recently wrote My Story.
Tuesday 23 June 2015, 6.30-8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

Ruth Simmons
was the 18th and first female president of Brown University and the first black person to be head of an Ivy-League Institution.
Tuesday 30 June 2015, 6.30-8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

International Conference: Gender Relations and Rising Inequalities
6-8 July 2015
University of East Anglia
Free but must cover accomodation/food
To seek a better understanding of gender relations in contexts of economic and social polarisation.  Keynote Speakers: Diane Elson, Anne Marie Goetz, Maxine Molyneux, Gita Sen
For registration: Download form found at link above and email to:

Tackling Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage, and FGM Conference
7 July 2015

Central London
Public Sector Rate £350, Central Gov. Rate £350, Private Secto
r Rate £575
, Concessionary Rate £245, Student Rate £150 (with NUS card)
Conference comes as the government amends the Serious Crime Bill to introduce the mandatory duty to report all cases of female genital mutilation, and following the introduction of a new civil protection order that will protect those most at risk.
This event brings together expert speakers from police, education, local authorities, health and the voluntary sector to enhance partnership working and to examine how adopting a stronger multi-agency response can enable prevention, as well as early intervention and support for victims and those at risk.

Gender Reconciliation Taster for transforming gender and sexual injustice
London, (venue TBC) 1st July 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free, suggested donation of GBP5 to cover venue rental costs.

Please join for a brief immersion into a unique approach to transforming gender and sexual injustice conducted by Gender Reconciliation International. This three-hour event convenes a rare forum for women and men of all sexual orientations to engage in a taste of an experiential methodology aimed at transforming gender and sexual injustice. The event on 1 July will provide an experience of some of the participatory activities and processes of a three-day Gender Reconciliation workshop (which will take place in London in January 2016), and an introduction to the work of Gender Reconciliation International (GRI). Please contact Natalie Collins ( and Antonia Porter ( if you are interested in attending.

Calls for Papers
AWID is looking for submissions for Forum 2016 to be held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil next May. Submissions due by 26 June 2015
The goals of the Forum are:
  1. Celebrate the gains of the past 20 years by diverse social movements and critically analyze the lessons we can carry forward; 
  2. Assess our current reality in the diversity of our contexts, to locate opportunities for advancing women's rights, as well as the challenges confronting us today;
  3. Explore strategies for mobilizing greater solidarity and collective power across diverse movements to push back the forces of oppression and tap into existing opportunities to advance shared visions for a just world;
  4. Inspire, energize and renew strength and purpose among activists and advocates.
The World Bank is developing a new gender strategy to be finalized later this year. Part of the process includes a global consultation to elicit input from a wide range of stakeholders including civil society organizations and individual experts. The consultation will run until 15 July 2015. To full out a survey and provide your feedback, please click here.

European Institute for Gender Equality has released their new report:
Gender Equality and Economic Independence: part-time work and self-employment
This publication summarises part of the ongoing review of the implemetation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU. The report reviewed area F, ‘Women in the
Economy’, and proposed new indicators for
strategic objective F1, concerned with women’seconomic rights and independence, which were endorsed by the Council in June 2014.

DFID has released a two part Guidance Note: Addressing Violence against Women (VAWG) through Economic Development and Women's Economic Empowerment Programmes. It aims to provide practical advice and tips to support DFID advisors
and programme managers and other UK government departments to support
the development of a theory of change for integrated economic development and VAWG programming. It focuses on how to address VAWG in economic development programming.

Publications and Resources 
Men and Boys for Gender Equality:
A website to raise awareness of the need to, and to, engage men and boys in promoting gender equality and ending violence against women and girls. With the purpose that men and boys act as agents of change to achieve gender equality.

How to G
et Girls into Secondary Education and Keep Them There:
UN Girls' Education Initiative and Global Partnership for Education have released two papers addressing girls' secondary education:
The first paper, Accelerating Secondary Education for Girls, highlights the importance of secondary education as an engine for economic growth and points out common barriers to girls’ secondary education: school fees, lack of sanitation facilities, gender based violence, distance, lack of female teachers, poverty, and cultural issues.
The second paper, Cash Transfer Programs for Gender Equality in Girls’ Secondary Education, examines the use of conditional cash transfers (CCT) and unconditional cash transfers (UCT) in successful schemes in Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa and Asia. These programs have been successful in ensuring girls stay in school, delay the age of marriage, and successfully complete secondary school. 

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