Access to and control of resources

“Economic power isn’t just about money, it’s about building relationships”

Posted in Access to and control of resources on November 2nd, 2012 by

How can we transform economic power to advance women’s rights? That was the broad question for the 2,400 people from more than 150 different countries at the AWID Forum in Istanbul, Turkey from April 19-22. For four intense days participants strategised, shared experiences and knowledge, debated and networked with fellow activists and donors from all […]

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Global Initiative – ESCR discusses women’s land rights at AWID Forum

Posted in Access to and control of resources on November 1st, 2012 by

From 19 to 22 April, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights attended and participated at the Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID )Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.  The AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development is both a conference and a call to action.  The largest recurring event of its kind, […]

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ILC at the 2012 AWID Forum

Posted in Access to and control of resources on November 1st, 2012 by

The 12th AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development) Forum, the largest gathering of civil society and women’s rights leaders with donor agencies, development practitioners, and women’s rights activists from diverse sectors and regions, was held in Istanbul, Turkey from 19-22 April 2012. More than2200 women (and a few men) working on promoting women’s rights and gender equality all over […]

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50% of the 99%

Laura Carlsen. What’s 50 percent of 99 percent? This isn’t a math quiz. To put the question in non-numerical terms: where are women in the global economic crisis? The movement of the 99 percent that began in the United States made visible the human beings who suffer the brutal inequality and injustice of an economic […]

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Dispatches From AWID 2012: Women’s Land Rights Debate Roils On

Posted in Access to and control of resources on November 1st, 2012 by

In the past few years, women’s access to land has emerged as a key global development issue. As foreign investment and development in Africa and South Asia continues, and as a global food crisis looms, it has become virtually impossible to ignore the substantial role women play in farming and land management, though they consistently lack rights […]

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Senegal: the land belongs to those who work it

Fatou Guèye. After a quarter century of armed conflict, and a socio-economic fabric reduced to shreds, women in Casamance, Senegal, are winning the right to access land and rebuild peace, says Fatou Guèye Ziguinchor is a region in Casamance in the south of Senegal that is separated from the rest of the country by Gambia. […]

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Post conflict reconstruction: ask the women farmers

TABARA NDIAYE. Twenty years of conflict has destroyed the social fabric of Casamance.The only way to re-instate security and eradicate famine in an area once known as the bread-basket of Senegal is to ask the women farmers, says Tabara Ndiaye “How many times have we seen the experts ask our grandfathers questions about the rice […]

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Women defining economic citizenship

Jennifer Allsopp. How can we empower women to participate in existing economic structures but transform them? We need a model of economic power and citizenship that is not simply about sustaining capital or growth, but sustaining and celebrating life itself.  Jenny Allsopp reports directly from the AWID Forum 2012. Here are parts two and  three of her report. […]

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“Food sovereignty” as a transformative model of economic power

JENNIFER ALLSOPP. The argument is being made that “food sovereignty” is an organising principle so demonstrably strong that it has the potential to transform economic power. Can we really invest in it as the ecological principle to take us into the 21st century? Jenny Allsopp reports from the AWID Forum 2012 In order to advance women’s rights and […]

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Access to & Control of Resources

Posted in Access to and control of resources on October 25th, 2012 by

Resources are critical to people’s identities and livelihoods and to advance autonomy, agency, and rights. Yet, historically, due to gendered divisions of labour, patriarchal cultural norms and laws and economic inequalities, women in all their diversity have been denied access to resources such as education, health services, credit, land and technologies. Assessment of access to […]

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The Other Financial Crisis: Growth and crash of the microfinance sector in India

Posted in Access to and control of resources on October 24th, 2012 by

Christa Wichterich. Abstract. Christa examines the integration of women into the financial market and the role borrowers of microcredits play. She argues that lending to women and microcredits as a main source of income has brought a financialization of everyday life to Indian villages resulting in a feminization of indebtedness. Introduction In recent years, India has […]

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