Subject: GADN October 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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GADN Monthly Update 

Welcome to our October

I am pleased to start work as the new GADN Coordinator. You can reach me on or 0203 122 0609. Please note that I work part time (normally Mon, Weds, Thurs).

We are pleased to welcome the newest member of the GADN Board of Trustees, Radha Wickremasinghe, who joined us recently. Radha has worked in the field of international development and women’s rights for over twenty years including managing programmes in South and South East Asia for Christian Aid and Womankind Worldwide. She has also worked as a freelance consultant conducting research and evaluations of humanitarian and development programmes. She is currently Women’s Rights Programme Officer with the Sigrid Rausing Trust managing the grant-making portfolio to a diverse range of organisations working on women’s rights internationally. She holds a BSc honours degree in Economics (Trade & Development) from the London School of Economics, and a post-graduate Diploma in Development Management from the Open University.

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

The GADN Team

GADN is recruiting Research and Communications Volunteer

The Gender and Development Network is currently advertising for a Communications and Research volunteer to support our secretariat. The role is suitable for someone with a passion for international development and women’s rights with an interest in communications and research. The role is for one or two days a week for 6-9 months.

Deadline for applications: 10am, Monday 2nd November.
Interviews: 11 November 2015

Download the role description here.

GADN Member Updates
Working Group Updates

The GADN Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Working Group are starting a new piece of work on the private sector and delivery of VAWG services and are recruiting a consultant (see details below in jobs and tenders section). 

The GADN Secretariat produced a reflection on the SDGs adopted at the UN General Assembly in September, “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

The GADN Women's Participation and Leadership Working Group hosted a talk from Dr Purna Sen about her 'Above the Parapet' project at the London School of Economics.

The GADN Women's Economic Justice Working Group (together with The CONCORD Gender Working Group and the European Women's Lobby) sent a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on the EC's new Gender Action Plan.

In the most recent edition of Wide+ newsletter, Daphne Jayasinghe discusses the GADN submission to the World Bank Gender Strategy consultation. Whilst welcoming the proposed strategy by the World Bank Group the UK Gender and Development Network’s submission challenges the WBG to go further in its ambition and address deep structural inequalities and gender discrimination.

Members Updates

ActionAidUK launched Fearless, their new campaign to highlight that one in three women will face violence in their lifetime and seeks to stand with fearless women to end this. A new report coincides with this campaign, Promises to Keep: Using the Sustainable Development Goals to stand with FEARLESS women to end violence, presenting five priority actions to catalyse implementation of the newly agreed target on VAWG in the recently adopted SDG framework. 

Plan UK has published its latest research report, written with consultants from Social Development Direct: "We Want to Learn About Good Love”: Findings from a Qualitative Study Assessing the Links between Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Violence Against Women and Girls. The research assesses the extent to which CSE can have an impact on reducing violence against women and girls, and looks at examples of best practice. It also shares recommendations to civil society, donors, and national governments.

The UK NGO CSW Alliance is a loose network of all those civil society organisations and groups that undertake activity in the arenas of international governance, specifically the UN Commission on the Status of Women that takes place late Feb/early March every year (since 1947). The aim of the Alliance is to act as a coordinating mechanism so that we can all maximise our efforts and work together constructively to ensure a strong voice for women and girls. The mandate of CSW includes the monitoring of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action that covers 12 critical areas of concern and emerging issues. These include health, environment, media, violence against women etc etc. Thus the CSW covers the whole range of issues affecting the lives of women and girls around the world. The Alliance therefore welcomes all those organisations working on any of the areas covered in the BPFA and emerging issues. The CSW Alliance also serves to provide a mechanism for all those organisations wishing to see implementation of international legal instruments for women and girls across the UK, in domestic and international policy and practice. There are no membership fees. All are welcome. The next meeting will be end of October. There will also be a training on CSW for anyone new or wishing to learn more.. There is a meeting with Ministers organised by the GEO on 9 November. Please do ensure that you are included in the google list if you would like to be informed/be a member. 
Please email to let us know which organisation you are and your areas of work/concern. 
Zarin Hainsworth OBE, Chair

Security Council Debates Women, Peace and Security, 13 October 2015
The Security Council held an all-day open debate on women, peace and security to review implementation of resolution 1325. Adopted on 31 October 2000, 1325 is the first resolution of the Council to address the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women. Alaa Murabit (foreground), of the non-governmental organization Voice of Libyan Women, during the debate.

UN Photo/Amanda Voisard
NICA ID: 649144
United Nations, New York
The GADN Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Working Group invites individual researchers and research consultants to support the delivery of a discrete research project to explore the relationship between DFID’s private sector approach and implementation of relevant VAWG commitments. Deadline: 5pm 28th October 2015 Interviews: 10 & 11 November 2015

International Planned Parenthood Federation are recruiting for a Director for its Social Enterprise Acceleration Programme. The role will provide strategic direction and will oversee the successful implementation of the programme to strengthen IPPF organizational capacity for social enterprise development and support sustainable financing for service delivery networks at local levels. Based in London, UK. Deadline 5th November 2015.

Girls Not Brides are recruiting a Policy Officer to support the secretariat’s policy analysis and advocacy at the global, regional and national levels. Based in London, deadline 12 November 2015.

Girl Effect are recruiting a Deputy Country Director who will be fully responsible for Rwanda's programme planning and reporting, for human resources and will have oversight of our finance and operations function in Rwanda. Deadline 26 November 2015. 

SDDirect are currently seeking candidates for a mid-level consultant post to join their small but expanding Governance, Voice & Accountability (GVA) team. The post reports to SDDirect’s Lead Consultant (GVA) and is based in their central London offices, with some international travel. Deadline for applications 30 October 2015. 
Upcoming Events and Training
Talk by Sandra Ramos, Nicaraguan feminist and labour rights activist

GADN is pleased to be partnering with the Central America Women’s network (CAWN) to host a talk by Sandra Ramos, a prominent Nicaraguan feminist and labour rights activist and director of MEC - the Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women in Nicaragua. The talk will take place on Monday 2nd November at the ActionAid office, please arrive at 4.15 for a 4.30 start. All GADN members are welcome however places are limited so please RSVP to to secure a place.

30 October 2015 14:30 - 16:00 (GMT+00) 
Public event and Streamed live online
Former Nigerian Finance Minister Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala joins Santander Chair Baroness Shriti Vadera in conversation. With opening remarks by Kevin Watkins - Executive Director, ODI.

Rebuilding adolescent girls' lives after conflict

29 October 2015 09:30 - 13:00 (GMT+00)
Public event & Streamed live online

Following the 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, urging all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all UN peace and security efforts, this event will explore the psychosocial services available to adolescent girls within post-conflict settings. What are the remaining challenges? And what are the complexities of moving this agenda forward?

Drawing on findings from a two-year ReBUILD/DFID-funded study exploring support for adolescent girls in the post-conflict settings of Gaza, Liberia and Sri Lanka, this event will explore psychosocial stresses faced by adolescent girls and the types of support services available to them in these contexts.
Adopting a Zero Tolerance Approach to Stalking, Cyberstalking and Harassment
Central London, Thursday 19th November 2015

Whilst stalking remains a largely unrecognised and under-reported phenomenon in the UK, a number of tragic high profile cases have propelled the issue into the public eye. Recent statistics published by the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales showed that in 2013/14 non-sexual partner abuse and stalking were the most common of the separate types of intimate violence (Violent Crime and Sexual Offences - Intimate Personal Violence and Serious Sexual Assault, ONS - February 2015).

To address the issue, the Government has taken several policy initiatives. Recognising there was a gap in the law, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 was updated in November 2012 by provisions made in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, creating 2 new offences for stalking. Futhermore, as part of its Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls strategy (2010) and its latest Action Plan (March 2014), the Government aims to tackle stalking and harassment in all its forms. This special symposium offers an invaluable opportunity for the police, health, legal and social services, third sector practitioners and other key stakeholders to examine the impact of recent measures designed to tackle stalking, cyberstalking and harassment.
Event DetailsWebsiteRegister to Attend

Calls for Participation 
Women Mentoring in Development (WOMID) has launched a global mentoring initiative for women working in international development, linking women doing development facing PhDs and post-docs with women working in the development field outside of academia through a global voluntary mentoring scheme. 

Beyond the 16th Day: Moving Forward to End Violence Against Women and Girls - A Conference to Mark the Start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
Wednesday 25 November 2015 9am – 5pm
Mothers’ Union, Mary Summer House,
24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB
Mothers’ Union invites you to a conference to explore the perpetuation of violence against women and girls (VAWG) throughout the world; and identify strategies for creating a future where it no longer exists. The conference is for anyone with an interest in ending VAWG, whether survivor, volunteer, activist, academic, practitioner, policy maker – or other. Book by 2nd November. For more details, click here.

Join APNA HAQ’S Rally in London 21 November 2015 to make minority voices become majority voices, demand Specialist services for BME women led by BME women. 
All individuals /organisations please confirm your bookings on: 01709 519212 or 01709 519211 email:
For more details, click here.


Blog and Videos
Publications and Resources
Oxfam (2015) has published two new papers:
1. 'Africa’s Smallholders Adapting to Climate Change: The need for national governments and international climate finance to support women producers'. New analysis shows that whilst international climate finance overall is on the rise, wealthy countries are still failing to deliver public finance for adaptation in Africa. Women smallholder producers are on the front line of dealing with the impacts, but are not first in line for international climate finance.
2. 'Women, Peace and Security: Keeping the promise: How to revitalize the agenda 15 years after UNSCR 1325'. Ahead of the formal review of the Women, Peace and Security agenda this month, Oxfam produced a briefing in which they encouraged the UK to make new commitments focussing on women’s participation, preventing conflict and gender-based violence, monitoring and implementation, and financing.

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (2015) has released a new report, 'Women & Climate Change: Impact and Agency in Human Rights, Security,
and Economic Development' demonstrating why it is important to include women’s voices, perspectives, and participation at all levels of decision-making, adaptation and mitigation.

Plan International (2015) has published its latest report, 'Because I am a Girl: The State of the World's Girls 2015 – The Unfinished Business of Girls' Rights.There have been important changes in the lives of adolescent girls and their access to education since the millennium, but the world still has a long way to go in the struggle for gender equality. The 2015 State of the World’s Girls report brings together 14 prominent contributors who hail progress made in realising girls’ rights, but lament the fact that girls still face huge challenges.

The report released jointly by the GMR and the UNGEI shows that although the goal has not been met by all, progress towards gender parity is one of the biggest education success stories since 2000. The number of countries that have achieved the goal of gender parity in both primary and secondary education has risen from 36 to 62 since 2000. Although 62 million girls are still denied their basic right to education, the number of out-of-school girls has declined by 52 million in the last 15 years.
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