Subject: GADN Newsletter - International Women's Day 2016 Special

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GADN International Women's Day Newsletter

Welcome to our International Women's Day 2016 N
ewsletter Special! 

Enjoy the updates, opportunities, and events happening around International Women's Day 2016. 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


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GADN Member Events - IWD
Here's what GADN members, and other organisations, are doing on and around International Women's Day (8 March) - both in person and online:

4 March - 28 Too Many - Panel and film screening - Oxford - 2-5pm
Young People Leading Change: Ending Female Genital Mutilation is a special event of the Oxford International Women's Festival 2016. Oxford University students have teamed up with 28 Too Many to research aspects of FGM. Their findings will be presented here, followed by a screening of “Warriors” film and discussion on role of young people campaigning to end FGM globally and in the UK. 4 March, 2-5pm, Regents Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford OX1 2LB. More info here.

4 March - Bloomsbury Gender Network - Colloquium - Bloomsbury - 2-5pm
The Bloomsbury Gender Network is holding its annual Colloquium, this year entitled 'Alliances for Change: Advancing Feminist Interests?'. In the face of profound global challenges which divide and fragment feminist agendas, this Colloquium aims to examine accounts of initiatives that offer creative strategies for transformation.  For this event, the Bloomsbury Gender Network is bringing together speakers from different disciplines in their network to reflect on these issues.  All info here.

7 March - Oxfam Policy & Practice and the Gender and Development Journal - Twitter debate - 3pm
For International Women's Day 2016, Oxfam Policy & Practice is hosting a joint Twitter debate with the Gender & Development Journal on development frameworks and women.
Talking to development practitioners, they'll be exploring people's concerns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a women's rights perspective. How have previous global frameworks helped progress for women, and what potential do the new SDGs offer to place women's rights at the heart of development from now to 2030? Follow the hashtag #GenderSDG on March 7 at 15:00 GMT and have your say by including in your tweets: #GenderSDG and @OxfamGBPolicy or @GaDJournal. You can see what else Oxfam is up to around IWD here.

8 March - Overseas Development Institute - #GenderDay - 9am-6.30pm

ODI is organising a full day event on 8 March, with panels, conversations and discussions on the childcare crisis, adolescent girls, the SDGs, women in power, with keynotes from Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark. GADN Director Jessica Woodroffe will be speaking on a panel on gender and the SDGs, and the new special issue of Gender and Development will be launched.  Full details and programme, plus registration available here. The events will also be streamed online.

8 March - Guardian Live Chat with Baroness Verma - 11am-12pm
On this year’s International Women’s Day, DfID’s ministerial champion for tackling violence against women and girls overseas, Baroness Sandip Verma, will be answering questions live on this page. Baroness Verma also wants to ask global development professionals for their thoughts on domestic violence, adolescent girls and engaging men and boys. Post in the comments section here, tweet @GuardianGDP using #AskVerma or email with “Baroness Verma” in the subject line.

8 March - Policy Network - What does the EU referendum mean for women? - 12.15-1.30pm
Policy Network will host a discussion about what arguments will convince women voters of the benefits of remaining in the European Union and how they should be communicated most effectively to women in the run up to 23 June. Speakers: Emma Reynolds, Labour MP and former shadow Europe minister; Sam Smethers, chief executive, Fawcett Society; Cordelia Hay, associate director, Britain Thinks; Ania Plomien, assistant professor in gender and social policy, LSE Gender Institute (tbc); Ayesha Hazarika, former adviser to Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP (tbc). RSVP to

8 March - IWD TweetChat - 2-3.15pm
The #IWDchat TweetChat, co-hosted by Plan International EU OfficeWorld Vision EU office, IPPF ENEuropean Women’s LobbyONE BrusselsUN Women’s EU officeEuropean Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF)European Youth ForumDSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), and featuring the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development as a participant, will cover a range of issues dealing with girls’ and women’s empowerment and gender equality. You can follow and join the conversation by using the hashtag #IWDchat. More info here.

8 March - ActionAid - Parliamentarians' Rally and drinks reception - Westminster - 6-8pm

ActionAid are organising an IWD Parliamentarians' Rally (and drinks reception) on how the SDGs can be made a reality for women and girls. Hosted by Jon Bercow MP, with short speeches from key political figures including Justine Greening (invited), Diane Abbott, Angus Robertson, Natalie Bennett and others. RSVP to

8 March - New Economy Organisers Network March Social - Women of the World: Lean Out! - 6-9.30pm
The March Social of the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) will take place on 8 March in recognition of International Women's Day. Journalist Dawn Foster will be chatting to Polly Trenow of the Women's Budget Group about her new book, Lean Out. Venue: Ugly Duck, 47-49 Tanner Street, London, SE1 3PL. Register here.

8 March - UN Women NC UK London - Women Empowering Communities: The power of women's leadership at the grassroots. Knightsbridge, 6.30-8pm.
UN Women NC UK is organising an event looking at women empowering women and wider communities at the grassroots. Speakers: Eleanor Barrett and Rosie Freeman, Co-Directors of arts organisation and social enterprise The Brick Box and Stephanie Busari, Founder and Curator of TEDxBrixton. Full details are available here.

8 March - Oxfam - Women Stand Up (comedy night) - Leicester Square - 7.30pm
British female stand-ups take to the stage on International Women's Day. Featuring routines and material from Lou Sanders, Mae Martin, Elf & Zoe Lyons, Abi Roberts, Vikki Stone, Anna Morris, Pippa Evans, Luisa Omielan, Tiff Stevenson and Shazia Mirza. Tickets here.

8 March - 28 Too Many - Comedy night - Walthamstow - 9pm
28 Too Many are organising an all-female line-up comedy night to help end FGM. Tickets are £10 each and the show features comedians Kerry Godliman, Mary Bourke, Grainne Maguire, Wendy Wason, Dana Alexander, and Eleanor Tiernan. Held at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Bar, 53- 55 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 4SA. All info and tickets here.

8-13 March - Southbank Centre's WOW Festival - Women of the World - all week event
WOW - Women of the World is a festival of talks, debates, music, film & comedy which celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. This 6-day festival includes a range of events and activities from fencing to comedy to panel discussions. More info and a full programme is available here.

12 March - African Initiatives and Bristol Women's Voice - Conference - M-Shed, Bristol, 11am-5pm
Bristol Women’s Voice presents a free day of activities, workshops, speakers and music to mark International Women’s Day at Bristol’s M Shed from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, March 12. The theme of the day i
s ‘Women Making A Difference’. More information can be found here.

12 March - Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils - Reclaim International Women's Day. NUT Headquarters, 2-5pm
On 12 March, GLATUC will celebrate women's place in trade unions, hearing from Megan Dobney, Secretary of SERTUC, Sarah Jackson, co-author of East London Suffragettes Voices from History, Councillor Rachael Blake, Tower Hamlet Council, Louise Raw, author of The History of the Match Women's Strike. To register please contact

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Consultancy - Girl Effect - Girl Networks Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning  - deadline 22 March
Girl Effect is seeking to recruit a highly skilled research professional, with experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning for girl-centred programming on girls' rights and gender equality. The consultancy will
include developing monitoring frameworks for girl networks and providing specific MEL support to a number of live girl network pilot projects. More information and apply online here by 22 March.

Job - Girl Effect - Girl Specialist - deadline 18 March
Girl Effect is recruiting a Girl Specialist - a technical lead across all work streams, providing expertise on what works for girls and how based on global good practice. More information here. Apply by 18 March.

Job - Marie Stopes International - Policy Advisor - deadline 13 March
Marie Stopes International is recruiting a Policy Advisor, UK and Europe, to join their London-based Results Based Advocacy Team.  Reporting to the Head of Results Based Advocacy, you will be responsible for MSI’s strategic engagement with a range of UK and European policy makers, practitioners and parliamentarians. More info here, apply by 13 March.

Opportunities with the Commonwealth Secretariat
The Commonwealth Secretariat is advertising two consultancies relating to gender:
  • Request for Tender - Development of an Online Training Course for Gender Mainstreaming - deadline 18 March.  The Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking proposals for a consultancy to produce the course content for an online gender training course and to review the composition and contents of materials prepared for basic training as part of the efforts of the Secretariat for gender mainstreaming within the organisation. 40 day consultancy - all applicants must be Commonwealth citizens. All info here, apply by 18 March.
  • Request for Tender - Study on Gender, Radicalisation and Violent Extremism - deadline 18 March.  The Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking proposals for a consultancy to produce a research study to articulate a gendered approach to countering RVE in Commonwealth countries. 40 day consultancy - all applicants must be Commonwealth citizens. All info here, apply by 18 March.
Consultancy -  Plan International - Adolescents in Emergencies Planning - deadline 4 March
Plan International is seeking to conduct a broad mapping of the scale and coverage of adolescent girls and boys in emergencies programming and conceptualise what adolescents, especially adolescents girls, in emergencies means for Plan International, building on the findings from this mapping. 15 day consultancy - all info here, apply by 4 March.

Job - Trocaire - GBV and HIV Advisor - deadline 10 March
The GBV and HIV Programme Advisor will play a lead role in the development and implementation of the programming under the Gender Equality Goal, supporting and guiding our response in GBV and HIV responses. This role will take forward a substantial portfolio of GBV and HIV programmes and will use country level research findings on self-stigma among survivors of GBV and women’s vulnerability to deepen programme quality and learning on GBV and HIV over the course of the coming 5 years. All info here, apply by 10 March.

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