Subject: GADN Newsletter


Welcome to our April

We are very pleased to share a new Gender and Development Network Briefing Paper Untangling Gender Mainstreaming: A theory of change based on experience and reflection’. This paper, produced by the GADN Gender Mainstreaming Working Group, explores the concept and practicalities of gender mainstreaming. It draws on learning from staff with responsibility for gender mainstreaming in nine UK based international Non Governmental Organisations (INGOs) and their Southern based partner organisations; wider discussions with GADN members and women’s rights activists; as well as the personal experiences and reflections of the authors. It elaborates a Theory of Change setting out the component parts of gender mainstreaming, how these relate to each other, and how they collectively contribute towards the wider goal of gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights.

You can also read the blog by the authors of the briefing: '20 years of Gender Mainstreaming: How can we do it better?'

Turning Promises into Progress: Gender equality and rights for women and girls - lessons learnt and actions needed - issue sections now available

In March we released 'Turning Promises into Progress' jointly with GAPS UK and the UK SRHR network. The report looks back over the last 20 years to asses what has been achieved towards gender equality and where barriers remain. We have recently uploaded the 'issue sections' as separate documents, available on our website. The sections are available on; Women, peace and security, violence against women and girls, sexual and reproductive health and rights, women's participation and influence in decision making, education, women's economic empowerment and equality, unpaid care and social norms. 

GADN Member News
  • 28 Too Many have released their latest research report, Country Profile: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia. There has been little change in the prevalence of FGM in The Gambia over recent years and despite international pressure there is still no national law against the practice. However our research shows that there is a growing momentum for change including continued pressure from activists for a new national law against FGM, work within communities and new high profile media campaigns.

    Research shows how change can happen and with determination The Gambia could build on the current campaign activity and make significant progress towards ending FGM in 2015.
  • Christian Aid’s new briefing Realising the Vision for Gender Justice: What needs to change in 2015 calls for governments to ensure 2015 is a watershed year for women’s rights and gender equality so that the promises of Beijing can be kept and realised. The report calls for governments to:
    ·         put women’s rights at the centre of the SDGs
    ·         create an enabling environment for gender equality throughout the SDGs by tackling social norms, commit to change unfair global economic rules and guaranteeing funding to close the implementation gap
    ·         to mobilize resource through the Financing for Development process
“Change is coming. Change has to come,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka at the closing of CSW 59. Read her full speech:         
Photo credit: UN Women and Ryan Brown

Upcoming Events and Trainings

The WILPF 2015 Conference: Women's Power to Stop War in the Hague, the Netherlands on 27 - 29 April.  The purpose of the conference is to establish new and radical approaches on how to stop and prevent wars and establish principles of permanent peace.

KODE Understanding & Addressing Gender Based Violence in Development Context course starts on 9th May which has four units:
  • Unit 1 explores the complex relationship between gender inequality and gender based violence from a human rights perspective.  It defines GBV in its many forms and outlines the scale of the problem in global terms.
  • Unit 2 explores the link between poverty and GBV
  • Unit 3 defines what is meant by GBV prevention and response and offers examples of best/promising practice
  • Unit 4 explores the challenges for development practitioners and organisations of addressing GBV in terms of policy and practice
Calls for Papers / Funding opportunities
Comic Relief is now accepting grant proposals.  Proposal accepted that fulfill 7 goals to reduce poverty. Please submit by May 12. 

Submissions now being taken for Reproductive Health Matters- Sexuality, sexual rights and sexual politics- Volume 23(46)- November 2015. Submissions due to by 31 May.

UNDP recently released a publication entitled Promoting Gender Equality in Election Assistance: Lessons Learned in a Comparative Perspective 2011-2013The publication highlights good practices that enhance women’s meaningful and equal participation in the electoral process and identifies lessons learned on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment initiatives in international electoral assistance programming.
Publications and Resources 
The latest issue of the Gender and Development Journal focuses on gender equality in urban areas. The journal last focused on urban development almost two decades ago, and in this issue we are seeking to update the picture, examining progress in supporting women’s rights and the promotion of gender equality in the context of rapid and continuing urbanisation, enduring patriarchal power relations which result in oppression, abuse and violence, and growing inequality between global elites and the poor and powerless majority. Brand new case studies from practitioners, academics and activists - on topics including participatory methods in urban planning; urban governance and accountability; Safe Cities; and urban livelihoods – make abundantly clear that the voices of women living in urban poverty need to shape policy, both as a matter of social justice, and to ensure sustainable development for humanity.

Women in Business 2015: The Path to Leadership has just been published by Grant Thornton and Marston Consulting. They surveyed and interviewed women (and men) in mid sized businesses in 35 developed and developing countries to get insights into enablers and barriers to women's advancement.

The No Ceilings Report: full participation project and accompanying website have been launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.  No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project was launched to inspire and advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. Working together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, No Ceilings is collecting data about the progress of the last 20 years to  understand the gains made and the gaps that still remain.

ONE has launched their new report: Poverty is Sexist.  The report assesses the latest research on extreme poverty and gender, revealing the shocking statistics on the gender gap in the poorest countries. Girls and women are hit hardest by extreme poverty across every area of life, but they also hold the key to change. Across a range of policy areas – from health and education to agriculture and energy – we have a real opportunity to achieve transformative change. Unlocking women’s economic potential will benefit everyone .

ILO has launched the Women at Work initiative alongside the Future of Work initiative, to place a spotlight on gender and drill down into some of the most crucial areas. With that comes the Women and the Future of Work report.

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