Subject: GADN November Newsletter: 16 days special

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Welcome to our November newsletter. This special edition of the newsletter contains details of events and activities GADN members are planning over the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women. We hope you 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

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GADN Member Updates for 16 Days 
Below is a list of events and activities from GADN members during the 16 days:

ActionAid events

As part of our Fearless campaign, ActionAidUK is delighted to invite you to Promises to Keep: Supporting women’s organisations to stand up against violence, a panel discussion and Q&A on Wednesday 25th November from 6.00 to 7.30pm, Committee Room 11, Palace of Westminster. Speakers include Baroness Verma (DFID), Baroness Anelay (FCO), Azza Solliman, an Egyptian human rights campaigner and Onyinyechi Okechukwu who has been closely involved with the ‘Bring Back our Girls’ campaign. RSVP to

You will also have the opportunity to visit our exhibition on ending VAWG in the Upper Waiting Hall in Parliament, which is running that week from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th November.

On Thursday 10th December, we end the 16 days of activism with a special policy event hosted by Guardian Global Development. With Professor Rashida Manjoo, OECD, DFID, Mama Cash and Action Aid UK representatives. RSVP to

Screening of 'Warriors' film
28 Too Many are supporting screenings of the film ‘Warriors’ a documentary about a Maasai cricket team’s efforts to combat FGM. Screenings will be held in Bristol, Glasgow and Oxford. More details and tickets are available at

Twitter 'Teach In'

A ‘Teach In’ will be held during the 16 days. This is a series of tweets on a topic linked together by a unique hashtag with the aim of educating a wide audience. To learn more or if you would like to participate have a look at the CWGL 16 days Twitter feed.

Islamic Relief event at the African Girls Summit

Islamic Relief Worldwide is co-organising a pre-Summit event entitled: “Faith Based Response To Child, Early And Forced Marriage” at the African Girls Summit. We will share Islamic perspective on ending early and forced marriages, share our programme experiences and introduce community champion on child protection from Kenya.

Event: Stigma and Justice: Addressing the needs of survivors of sexual violence in conflict zones

Thursday 3 December 2015, 12.30-2pm, LSE campus
Speakers: Baroness Joyce Anelay, Erica Hall, Hilary Stauffer, Beini Ye
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin

This event will launch a global policy report on the topic of stigma and justice, co-authored by Visiting Fellow Hilary Stauffer and Erica Hall, of World Vision UK.

As the House of Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee considers the UK's policy and practice of preventing sexual violence in conflict, panel members will consider how ending impunity is affected by the stigma faced by survivors. At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014, survivors repeatedly called for the same things: ending impunity and ending the stigma they face. While the UK Government's Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative has focused on holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes, for some survivors, stigma can be a barrier to coming forward, and can have a greater impact on their lives. Registration is essential.

Campaign to end School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV)
The Global Working Group on SRGBV, led by UNGEI and UNESCO and with the advocacy task team chaired by Plan International, will be running a campaign through the 16 days which focuses on the eradication of School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV).  Structured around our 16 point Call to Action, the campaign will include a daily blog from a different organization.  Each blog will focus on a different aspect of the Call to Action. We will also be holding an high level panel discussion on December 2nd in NYC and a Twitter chat on December 9th using the hashtag: #16DaysToEndSRGBV

Please visit the website for more information:

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 days campaign begins on 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women until 10th December, Human Rights Day.
Photo credit: CWGL, Rutgers

Plan UK, Policy and Advocacy Advisor (Action for Global Health and Countdown 2015 Europe). The post holder will be responsible for coordinating the Action for Global Health UK Network and will also contribute to the SRHR policy and advocacy work of the team. The deadline for applications is 29 November 2015.

Islamic Relief Worldwide, Senior Gender Advisor (Maternity Cover). The postholder will be responsible for providing strategic direction to Islamic Relief’s work on gender justice and leads on not only the roll out of the Gender Justice Policy but ensure knowledge generation in relation to its implementation. The deadline for applications is 29 November 2015.

IRC is recruiting for a Technical Advisor on Women's Protection and Empowerment, based in New York, and a Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program Advisor, based in DRC.

Social Development Direct (SDDirect) is currently seeking candidates for a mid-level/senior consultant post to join our small but expanding Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) team. The post reports to SDDirect’s Technical Lead for women’s economic empowerment and is based in our central London offices, with some international travel. The deadline for applications is 15 December 2015.

Womankind Worldwide are looking for an evaluator for an EU funded project in Afghanistan Womankind with funding from the European Union is now commissioning an End of Grant Evaluation that will take place in December 2015. The evaluation will assess the overall results of the project, enabling us to understand what has been achieved and how and the difference the grant has made, identifying the key success factors and other important lessons for future work in this area. The deadline for proposals is 30th November.

Womankind Worldwide are also looking for a Policy and Research volunteer
This role will be ideal for someone wishing to gain experience in the charity sector, specifically policy or research, and for someone with an interest in UK and international advocacy on women’s rights and international development.
To apply download an Application Form and Diversity Form and return to Closing date for applications: 9.00am 2nd December 2015

The Commonwealth Secretariat are recruiting for an Assistant Programme Officer, Gender Section.
This Assistant Programme Officer role sits within the Gender Section under the wider Secretary-General’s Office. Responsible for supporting the section’s wide variety of programmatic work, the Assistant Programme Officer will be involved in project management, research and analysis, financial planning, event and workshop coordination, development of technical papers, information and records management and promotion of the Gender Section’s work. To be considered for this role you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country aged 27 years or younger at the time applications close. The deadline for applications is 29th November.

Calls for Papers
Practical Action Publishing are actively seeking to publish content in the area of gender and development. We welcome book proposals; for more information on what we can offer please see here. Please note that as well as submissions from individual authors we are open to co-publishing opportunities with other organizations. We also have three journals; Enterprise Development and Microfinance, Food Chain, and Waterlines.

If you have an article relevant to the aims and scopes of one of these journals, with a gendered analytical perspective, we would be happy to receive your submission for review. For further details please see or contact

Reproductive Health Matters is seeking papers for an upcoming edition on gender-based and sexual violence. The deadline for submissions is December 15th. Full details are available at
A new edition of the VAWG Helpdesk Evidence Digest had been published. This is a quarterly newsletter reviewing the latest research and evidence, policy and news on violence against women and girls.

This new OECD-DAC GENDERNET briefing on gender and climate change assessing how well bilateral donors are integrating gender equality into aid to climate change.

Blog and Videos
Bond blog: How did gender equality fare in the SDGs? In this blog, GADN's Director Jessica Woodroffe evaluates the SDGs from a gender equality perspective and looks ahead to debates and challenges which remain as the focus turns to implementation.

Video: event on Making gender and disability inclusion work: advancing equity for women and girls with disabilities organised by Handicap International and the International Disability Alliance

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