Subject: GADN September 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 September

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The GADN Team

Trustee Vacancy at GADN

GADN is recruiting for a new member of its Board of Trustees. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be involved in the governance and future direction of our dynamic network. We are particularly interested in finding a new Board member with knowledge and current experience of organisational development and/or management within an international non-governmental organisation.

Download the application pack here. Application deadline is Monday 7th September. Interviews will be held in London on Tuesday 15th September or Wednesday 16th September in the afternoon.
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GADN is recruiting a consultant to work on feminist alternatives to current paradigms

GADN is looking for a consultant to help the network further develop our understanding of feminist alternatives to current development paradigms. We want to ensure that our short-term policy proposals are rooted in the longer term structural changes needed for gender equality, particularly as identified by marginalised women themselves.

The consultant will need to combine experience of working on gender and development, including with southern women’s rights organisations, with an understanding of the way GADN’s members work and how change happens within INGOs. They will have to be UK based and available to attend meetings in London with network members.

Download the terms of reference here. Application deadline is Wednesday 9th September, 2015. Interviews will take place on September 16th by phone.
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GADN is recruiting a Research Officer

The Research Officer will lead our work on a new project on macro-economics and gender equality, as well as supporting the Secretariat in other areas of policy. This new post is two days a week.

Please see job description and application form. The deadline for applications is 10:00 on Monday September 14th, 2015. For more information contact Interviews will be held on September 23rd at the ActionAid offices.

GADN Member Updates
Working Group Updates

The Humanitarian working group have jointly developed a position calling for a pledge to empower women at the the World Humanitarian Summit. The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) aims at major global reforms to better protect and assist people affected by crisis. The Gender and Development Network alongside other organisations have collectively called on the WHS to put women’s leadership, gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) at the heart of these reforms. View our position here.

Members Updates

African Initiatives’ have published their Annual Review for 2014-2015. They have contributed to changing the lives of over 132,373 people in Ghana and Tanzania.
They launched our largest project to date; a five year Girls Education project in Tanzania funded by Comic Relief which will improve education across 70 primary and secondary schools. This includes improving the teaching standards of over 2,000 teachers. They are looking for the support of 11 amazing individuals to join them by October 2015 in raising awareness of women and girls in Tanzania and Ghana as well as raising funds for much needed educational and farming tools to enable them to have a better future. Are you looking for a challenge in 2016, to beat a personal best or simply enjoy challenges, well this flat and fast course which will take place on the 13th March 2016 could be perfect - more details here.

Girls Kick Violence with Grassroot Soccer
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited the United Nations Trust Fund (UNTF) - supported Grassroot Soccer SKILLZ Street intervention at the Yomelela Primary School in Khayalitsha, the largest informal township in Cape Town South Africa on 1 June 2015.Pictured: Girls walking together outside Yomelela Primary School. Read more here.
Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker
International Rescue Committee is hiring a Director of Women's Protection and Empowerment Programs. Deadline: September 9th, 2015. Apply here.

The Festival of Choice (September 23-28) is currently organising its second edition. The festival raises awareness of threats to reproductive rights and of the plight of women in countries where there is no access to safe and legal abortion. And to achieve this, they need your help! They are looking for enthusiastic individuals who can give us a hand where we may not have enough arms (or technical expertise):
- Supporters: From street actions to setting up events
- IT / website design
- Artists
- Twitter and social network users
- Photography and filming
- Bloggers and writers
Up for it? Ready to stand up for the right to access safe and legal abortion? Contact them on and let us know how you want to contribute.

Womankind is seeking an external evaluator for their FLOW Project

Womankind is requesting proposals from consultancies, research organisations and/or individuals to carry out a final evaluation for the programme “Going Beyond Numbers: Increasing women’s political participation in Kenya, Nepal, Afghanistan and Ghana”. The evaluation will assess overall and country-specific performance, outcomes and impact, identify lessons learned and provide recommendations to strengthen future programming and to contribute to learning by the programme partners, funders and the sector in general. Deadline for applications is 7th September and for the completed evaluation report is 15th December. See attached terms of reference.

Oxfam is seeking a Gender Project Manager and Gender and Resilience Advisor

The Project Manager role is a great opportunity for a gender in emergencies specialist. As manager of the project “Institutionalizing gender in emergencies: bridging policy and practice in the humanitarian system” in four countries: Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Pakistan and South Sudan; the Project Manager will have overall management responsibility for this project working in conjunction with the Global Gender Adviser, the project steering committee and the gender leads in each country who are responsible for implementing the project. The post holder will be responsible for the successful management, coordination and delivery of the overall lead agency responsibility and for the coordination of activities led by Oxfam. 
Part-time / 50% - fixed term up to 18 months
Deadline 11th September. More details here.

The Gender and Resilience Advisor role will lead our thinking and strategy in this new focused area of work. The post-holder will offer programme support to a range of economic justice programmes, with a focus on resilient livelihoods and food security. S/he will build the capacity of teams to undertake participatory analysis and develop programme strategies that enhance women’s capacities and ability to empower themselves and that reinforce their transformative leadership for resilience.
Deadline 11th September. More details here.
Upcoming Events and Training
Standing with Fearless Women and Girls to End Violence

Parliamentary Event, 09 September 2015, 9.30 – 11.00
Committee Room 15, House of Commons

After months of negotiations, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have finally been agreed – and include stand-alone goal on gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. As the focus switches to implementation, let’s make sure that SDG5 and its targets remain a top priority for the UK Prime Minister when he goes to the UN General Assembly in New York later in September. Please join us in calling on the UK Prime Minister to stand with fearless women and girls to end VAWG.

The meeting will hear from survivors, women’s rights activists, women human rights defenders, practitioners, MPs and Peers on how we can work together to end VAWG and present some constructive steps towards implementing SDG5, including ActionAid’s recommendations to the International Development Committee Inquiry into the SDGs. Further details, including speakers, will be sent closer to the date.

The meeting will also serve as a briefing session for MPs taking part in the Commons Debate on the SDGs on 10 September. Please RSVP to secure a place to:

Keeping Girls In School: What Works?
September 25th, 11am-1pm, Farringdon

Theatre for a Change invite you to join them and their ambassador, Michael Keating, in a discussion around their Girls' Education Challenge Project which takes an innovative approach to creating gender inclusive learning environments, focused on sexual and reproductive health and empowerment. They will be joined by an expert panel from the arena of girls' education and sexual and reproductive health in a conversation around effective approaches to keeping girls in school.

For more information or to RSVP please email

KODE Understanding & Addressing Gender Based Violence in Development Contexts 
The next round of this eight week distance education course starts on 17th October. The KODE Understanding & Addressing GBV course is practical, skills based, fully tutor supported. This course focuses specifically on Gender-based violence against women, Non-emergency development settings, Lower-income countries. More details and to book here.

ODI Strengthening maternal and child health in Asia
ODI, CARE International UK and Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) are hosting an event to highlight learnings from the CARE-GSK corporate partnership in Asia. The focus of this partnership has been on improving maternal and child health outcomes through building capacity of health workers, mobilising the community and developing sustainable partnerships between the public and private sectors. Approaches used have been highly innovative and effective in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the region.
As we enter the SDGs era, what role will the private sector play in meeting the international development goals? 
18 September 2015 10:00 - 12:00 (GMT+01 BST)Public event- Streamed live online. Register here.

"Beyond Good Business: Advocating for Women's Rights in the Context of Natural Resource Extraction and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights"

26th October 2015 - Senate House (London)
In recent years, there has been growing awareness of the environmental, social and human impacts of worldwide extractivism on the lives and rights of rural and indigenous peoples. Yet, the specific impacts on women from these communities remain largely unaddressed. In the run-up to the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, and drawing on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), Beyond Good Business will explore the big-picture and the day-to-day challenges faced by women impacted by extractivism worldwide, offer concrete solutions that seek to fully integrate women’s rights into the implementation of the UNGP, to support women in accessing remedy from adverse human rights impacts, and to promote women’s rights and empowerment. Don't forget to register for the conference, tickets are limited and available on a first served basis. These are available for purchase at here.

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.

Speeding Up the Pace of Change

Change is the theme for the 2015 Fawcett Society Annual Meeting.

So help them ring the changes - book your place and get ready to enjoy a great day out in the company of some fantastic feminists on Saturday 10 October, 14.00 - 16.00, at the Nevin Lecture Theatre, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH. Book your ticket here.

IDS - Launch of Sex Work Law Map

IDS are having a meeting on Tuesday 15 September 2015 (at Westminster Kingsway College, Soho Centre, Peter Street W1F 0HS) to launch an online map of summaries of the laws and regulations that address female sex work across the world.

The Map will be introduced by Cheryl Overs and discussed by European and African sex worker rights advocates and the audience. The chairperson for the event is feminist sexuality activist Samantha Roddick. 
Please register your attendance here.

Side Event for the UKFIET Conference: Girls' Education in International Education Workshop

Monday September 14th, 18.00 – 19.30: McGregor Matthews Room (with the Founder’s Library as an additional breakout room) – New College.

This session brings together researchers and practitioners from the Girls’ Education in International Development working group (hosted by the Gender and Development Network) who have been looking at how to support some of the most marginalized girls in developing countries to access quality education. The session will be divided into two: a what is working in research session and a what is working in practice session.

The what is working in research session will include presentations by Open University, Save the Children and VSO. The plenary session will explore some of the key challenges encountered when conducting research on girls’ education, what approaches have worked well, what are some of the key learnings and key recommendations. It will also explore how researchers and practitioners can better work together, and how research can better inform the quality of girls’ education programmes.

The what is working in practice session will include presentations by WUSC, British Council, Concern Worldwide and Children in Crisis. The session will look at some of the programmatic approaches that have worked well to support girls’ learning, key learnings, and some of the key challenges. It will also explore some recommendations – specifically how researchers and practitioners can work together more effectively, and how research can inform the quality of the programmes.

Calls for Papers
Women Enabled International's Survey and Mapping Project of Advocates and Organizations Working for the Human Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities

WEI has launched this project to foster greater understanding of human rights advocates, both from within and outside the women’s rights and disability rights movements, on the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Take the survey - click here. Please visit WEI’s website for more information and updates on this project. Please submit your responses by midnight GMT on September 14th.

FRIDA Launches its Fourth Call for Proposals

For all the young feminist activists: here’s a chance for you to continue doing the awesome work that you’ve been doing. If you are a young feminist group from the Global South, apply for a FRIDA grant!

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas. We are excited to be launching our fourth call for proposals and intend to support up to 30 new young feminist groups led by young women and trans* youth under 30 years of age.The call is only open for four weeks! Deadline for submission: September 14, 2015.

Check out the eligibility criteria, commonly asked questions and the application form on their website. Groups can apply in up to seven languages: English, Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese.
International Youth Day / UN Women / 11 August

Blog and Videos
Blog: PH women and development beyond 2015 / 5 August 2015 / Fritzie Rodriguez

Video: Kaushik Basu on the 2016 Women, Business and the Law report / 17 August 2015 / World Bank Group

Video: Living in fear of FGM in Sierra Leone / 24 August / The Guardian

Publications and Resources
Publication with tools on enhancing Economic Literacy
Almost two years ago five women’s rights, gender and development organisations in five different countries started the Grundtvig-project “Economic Literacy across Europe: Exchange and Cooperation to Promote a Feminist Approach in Adult Education”. The publication uses the concept of “Economic Literacy” to strengthen the exchange in this area in order to increase the capacity of women in the field of economics. 
The result is this collection of “good-practice tools” that include a variety of methods, training tools, multimedia tools, and research approaches. The collection of tools reflects the diversity of the organisations and their diverse methodological approaches and access to economic literacy. The publication is in English and Spanish to be found here.

Feminist Donor List: Who Can Fund Women’s Rights Work
Feminist and women’s rights organizations face many challenges conducting the necessary and often urgent work fighting for women’s rights in their communities, while simultaneously searching for funding to sustain themselves. Responding to a key demand of our constituencies, AWID offers a new searchable donor list, making it easier for feminist and women’s rights organizations to connect with the right funders. More details here.

ATHENA Network, AVAC and Salamander Trust have conducted a global HIV treatment access review for women living with HIV. The preliminary findings were presented on 19 July in a satellite at the IAS conference in Vancouver in a panel session chaired by Nazneen Damji of UNWomen.

Indicators: How can we measure progress on child marriage? In partnership with the Aspen Institute, Girls Not Brides has developed a list of recommended indicators to measure progress in the four strategic areas of the Theory of Change (empower girls, mobilise families and communities, provide services, establish and implement laws and policies). Download the list and the user guide.

Patterns of poverty and inequality are changing, and challenging the ways we understand development, beyond incomes and GDP. The latest issue of Gender & Development explores the interrelation between gender and different types of inequality. They also bring you a host of special content for World Humanitarian Day looking at different aspects of their work in emergencies, and they feature eight case studies on collective action from their economic justice programmes.
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