Nexus: Shaping Feminist Visions in the 21st Century

Posted in The Role of the State on November 29th, 2012 by

As the world experiences increasing inequalities and gaps between and within countries, women’s rights organizations are working to challenge current hegemonic systems and develop alternatives for change. Building on feminist economic analyses, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) is undertaking the production of periodic briefs – Nexus: Shaping Feminist Visions in the 21st Century […]

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Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice

Posted in Plenary 1 on November 21st, 2012 by

FRIDAY FILE: The 2012 AWID Forum aims to explore how economic power is impacting on women and planet, and to facilitate connections among diverse groups working on these issues from human rights and justice approaches so that together we contribute to stronger, more effective strategies to advance women’s rights and justice. This article highlights some […]

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Africa’s Latest Land Rush: The effect of land grabs on women’s rights

Posted in Access to and control of resources on November 21st, 2012 by

FRIDAY FILE: In Africa land rights are critical to economic power. In recent history, there have been three waves of land grabs: colonization, post-independence and present-day land grabs for commercial and apparently environment preservation purposes. Governments and corporations continue to wield their power to the detriment of women in Africa. This article is part of […]

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UN Women at its First Birthday: Systems and Visibility Growing, more funding and civil society engagement needed

Posted in Global Governance on November 21st, 2012 by

FRIDAY FILE: In 2011 the United Nations consolidated all four UN bodies working on gender equality – OSAGI, UNIFEM, INSTRAW, and DAW, to create one UN agency working on women’s rights. On behalf of the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign, Charlotte Bunch, founding member of the GEAR campaign reflects on the first year of […]

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Militarism, Violence and Conflict – How Women Bear the Brunt of War

Posted in Militarism, Violence & Conflict on November 21st, 2012 by

FRIDAY FILE: Militarism, conflict and violence are on the rise and have a range of gender-specific impacts. Increased spending on defense, arms and security often means that spending on social services is being cut. In the context of militarism and conflict violence against women also increases and attacks on women’s human rights defenders are growing […]

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Funding for Women’s Rights – Blog Post

Posted in Plenary 3 on November 20th, 2012 by

Joni van de Sand, WO=MEN IN ISTANBUL Evening Plenary: Tapping Current Opportunities and Assessing Challenges to Mobilize Resources for Women’s Rights and Feminist Organizing Around the World Seven years ago, AWID asked the question “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights?” in a context where many funders and activists agreed that donor interest in women […]

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The Middle Path: Towards Sustainability and Global Well-Being

by Asoka Bandarage. The author argues that growing economic inequality and the distribution of resources and opportunities is the main social issue of our time. She explores the systemic roots of the current crisis through an integration of critical social science analysis and a universal spiritual approach to ecological sustainability and social development. She argues […]

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Gender, Growth and Employment

Posted in Access to and control of resources, Labour & Work on November 20th, 2012 by

by Elissa Braunstein. It reviews the gendered employment impacts of the macroeconomic policy environment, with a particular focus on women’s employment. This is a summary version of the article: ‘Neoliberal Development Macroeconomics: A Consideration of its Gendered Employment Effects’, published by UNRISD, February 2012. Click here for full original version. IS GROWTH GOOD FOR WOMEN? […]

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Gender Equity: Kenya at Crossroads

Posted in Global Governance on November 20th, 2012 by

By Akoko Akech. Despite the promise of a new constitution, arguably, East Africa’s most progressive or liberal constitution, Kenya still has the lowest level of women representation in key places of decision making and could face a serious constitutional crisis, if it does not find a suitable mechanism for effecting several constitutions provisions on gender […]

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Gender Responsive Budgeting, An Exit Strategy from the Crisis. Interview with Zohra Khan

Posted in Financial Flows, Global Governance on November 20th, 2012 by

In this interview Zohra Khan of UN Women provides an overview around the Gender Responsive Budgeting approach, its achievements so far and major challenges ahead as a possible strategy to face up with the crisis, in poor countries as well as in rich economies. She also reports on the key issues emerged during the AWID […]

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From Sustainable Development To Green Economy – What Does This Mean For Women?

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on November 20th, 2012 by

FRIDAY FILE: Twenty years after the first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) that took place in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 it is clear that governments have failed to implement development models that are socially just and environmentally sustainable. It is in the context of revision of the of sustainable development framework that […]

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Busting up the ol’ boys club

Posted in Global Governance on November 19th, 2012 by

Elaine Zuckerman is a woman I met last month at the AWID Women’s Rights in Development conference in Istanbul, Turkey; she fights in Washington D.C. every day for women’s voices to be heard in international financial institutions (IFI).  She started Gender Action 10 years ago, and it is the only organization that holds international financial institutions […]

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Anonymity, accountability and the public sphere

Posted in The Role of the State on November 16th, 2012 by

Jac sm Kee. I found myself being confronted with the issue of anonymity and accountability in different ways at the AWID Forum. At the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) and Connect Your Rights events that took place just before the Forum, we discussed about the different and increasingly sophisticated ways that internet technologies have been used […]

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Internet governance: If we are not at the table, we will be on the menu

Posted in Global Governance, Private Sector & Corporate Power on November 16th, 2012 by

Jan Moolman. In 2001 while working at Agenda, a South African feminist academic journal, we produced an edition titled ‘Globalisation: challenging dominant discourses’. The journal problematised the realpolitik of a global neo-liberal economic system that was marked by developing countries’ indebtedness, the rise of the market and the devastating consequences of structural adjustment policies for […]

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