Subject: GADN May 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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Welcome to our May

Last month GAD had the exciting opportunity to co-host the launch of UN Women's Progress of World's Women Report: "Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights" with UN Women.

Progress of the World’s Women is UN Women’s occasional investigation of progress made towards a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality. The year's report focuses specifically on integration of women into economies and outlines a far-reaching new policy agenda, with key recommendations on moving towards an economy that truly works for women, for the benefit of all. 

To access the summary, separate chapters or the whole report, visit- 

The GADN Team
Please enjoy the updates, opportunities, and events also included below. Do not hesitate to send us anything you would like included in the monthly newsletter in the future at You can also access this newsletter as well as past newsletters at
GAD Member Updates

Girls Not Brides is another of the networks that GAD works with and we are excited to share their new interactive Theory of Change, an online resource that looks at the interconnected steps and strategies needed to end child marriage. They have additionally developed a shorter User Guide
Moderator Annette Young, Journalist and Presenter, France 24 addresses Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; Laura Turquet, Progress Report Manager at UN Women; Kalpona Akter, Executive Director of Bangladesh Centre for Workers’ Solidarity; and Andrea Cornwall, University of Sussex, Director of Pathways of Women's Empowerment at launch of UN Women Progress of World's Women 2015-2016 Report: "Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights".          Photo credit: UN Women and Paul Milsom
Arab Womens' Enterprise Fund Chief of Party/ Oxfam/ Jordan or Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel (OPTI)/ 8 May

Psychosocial Support Specialist (PSS) in Women's Protection and Empowerment/ International Rescue Committee/ Sierra Leone/ 15 May

Adolescent Girls Education Specialist/ International Rescue Committee/ Sierra Leone/ 15 May 
Blog: "In Cambodia, Domestic Workers Get Organized" By Kristi Eaton (6 April 2015) 

Blog: "Millions of Dollar for Climate Financing but Barely One Cent for Women" By Amantha Perera (2 April 2015)

Blog: "When human trafficking becomes a Cause Celebre" by Dina Haynes (6 October 2014) 
Upcoming Events and Trainings
28-29 May- 
Hamburg University of Applied Science

International Speakers from Uganda,New Zealand, India, the US and Germany will present their findings and practical experiences with innovative, community-based approaches to prevent and to act on intimate partner violence.

2nd June- 
Is there still space for gender equality in current narratives of development? Rethinking gender work in the shifting spaces of development policy and practice
2-5pm, The Old Library, Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford

International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall (IGS@LMH) and Oxford Women in Politics (Gender in Policy and Practice Study Group) are sponsoring a joint workshop that will explore some of the consequences of the approaches of working with women and girls on the deep challenges of poverty, inequality and exclusion, and give participants the opportunity to discuss these narratives and what they mean for their work and development organisations more broadly.  

-Kanwal Ahluwalia, Plan UK - The corporate influence in NGO work - drawing from Plan UK experience
-Saranel Benjamin, War on Want – Changing narratives of gender in NGOs
-Fenella Porter, Birkbeck College/Ruskin College and IGS@LMH- Instrumentalised narratives of gender in PPPs focused on health
-Tina Wallace, IGS@LMH - Framing ideas for the future within the post-2015 emerging narratives: looking back and looking forward
-Nikki van der Gaag - Chair
Attendance is free but please RSVP to Fenella Porter at

6-8 July-
International Conference on Gender Relations and Increasing Inequality
University of East Anglia
The International Conference on Gender Relations and Increasing Inequality aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars for a sustained consideration of changing gender relations in contexts of rising inequality, and to stimulate new ways of thinking about gender relations.

Themes of the conference are: 
1. Migration, Status and multi/trans-national relations
2. Social Reproduction, Generations and Educational Aspirations
3. "Gender Equality" norms, mobilisation and policy change
4. Gender Inequality, Consumption and Changing Identities
5. Labour markets, microfinance and women's empowerment
6. Environmental/climatic change and gendered inequalities
7. Gender and Violence
GenderCC - women for climate justice is the global network of women and gender activists and experts from all world regions working for gender and climate justice. In April 2015, GenderCC relaunched their website and will be starting to send a monthly newsletter. Visit their website to read the latest on gender and climate change and to subscribe to their newsletter.  

University of Sussex is currently launching a new MA program- Gender, Violence and Conflict- that will start September 2015.  The MA is designed to be both academically rigorous and applied - students will study feminist and other literature on war and violence, but also engage critically with practical approaches and programmes and international policy. For more information, see the website.  

Global Policy Watch has released a new briefing named "The Struggle to Shape the Agenda" which discusses the politics involved in the and the role of multilateral development banks in shaping the agenda at the International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) and the post-2015 development agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
Calls for Papers
European Commission is calling for action grants to support transnational projects aiming to prevent, inform about and combat violence against women, young people and children linked to harmful practices.  Visit this link to learn more about priorities, budget, and evaluation procedures. Deadline for submitting proposals is 3 June 2015.  
Winkler, Inga T. and Virginia Roaf (2015) Taking the bloody linen out of the closet: menstrual hygiene as a priority for achieving gender. Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender, 21:1,  pp. 1-37 
Menstrual hygiene is increasingly gaining attention in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, but the issues at stake are much broader than having access to facilities and materials. This paper looks at menstrual hygiene through the lens of human rights and gender equality. 

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