Maximum Available Resources & Human Rights

Posted in The Role of the State on February 8th, 2013 by

Written by Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson, James Heintz and Nicholas Lusiani. Maximum Available Resources & Human Rights: Analytical Report highlights numerous questions and issues which could be raised in the context of evaluating whether a state is using the maximum resources available for the fulfillment of economic and social rights. It draws on a rich […]

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Rethinking Macro Economic Strategies from a Human Rights Perspective: Why MES with Human Rights II (2009)

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Over the past three decades, economic policy has been geared toward achieving economic growth, underwritten by assumptions about the virtues of the market. Efficiency rather than ethics has been the focus of concern. When attention has been paid to human rights, economic policy making has proceeded with the assertion that economic growth, no matter how […]

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Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account

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By Radhika Balakrishnan and Diane Elson. Economic Policy and Human Rights presents a powerful critique of three decades of neoliberal economic policies, assessed from the perspective of human rights norms. In doing so, it brings together two areas of thought and action that have hitherto been separate: progressive economics concerned with promoting economic justice and […]

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Feminist Economics Toolbox

Posted in Interdisciplinary on February 7th, 2013 by

The mainstream economic system and the economic policies derived from it have significant impacts on women’s livelihoods and are a strong force in shaping their possibilities to fully exercise their rights and live a life with dignity. Any piece of the Forum program offered an opportunity for learning, but in particular, we developed an entire […]

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Deconstructing the International Financial Architecture (& what it means for gender justice)

Posted in Financial Flows on February 7th, 2013 by

This session examined key pillars of the international financial architecture, fiscal and monetary policy, financial markets, public debt, and the role of actors ranging from Wall Street, to central banks, and others. It focused on the ideology and principles shaping the current system and how it could be re-structured. A power point presentation shared by […]

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Development: some of us live it, some of us work in it, some of us strive for it and some of us challenge it

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on February 7th, 2013 by

What do we mean by development? This session engaged with critical feminist perspectives of the different constructions and conceptions of development. What these diverse, mainstream and complex understandings of development mean for women’s rights were explored and challenged. A power point presentation shared by Yardena Tankel of the issues raised in the economic toolbox session […]

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Exploring the Gender Specific Impacts of New Forms of International Trade: How, Why and Where?

Posted in Financial Flows on February 7th, 2013 by

Bilateral free trade and investment agreements are bringing in much more than trade, and their gender impact is changing in nature and depth. This session informed about and explored some of these issues across sectors such as agriculture, industry and services, with a focus on developing countries. A summary prepared by AWID staff of the […]

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Climate Change Finance and Women’s Empowerment

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on February 7th, 2013 by

This session explored the gender dimensions of international climate change finance, including essential nuts and bolts of gender climate change adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer and development. Participants mapped out the instruments, institutions and modalities of climate change financing as they exist and are emerging globally, regionally and nationally. A summary prepared by AWID staff […]

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How to Advocate for Gender Equity through Taxation?

Posted in Financial Flows, The Role of the State on February 7th, 2013 by

Taxation is gendered and can reproduce or sometimes exacerbate gender inequalities. As demand for increased domestic resource mobilization grows, gender-based organizations need to expose the implicit and explicit gender biases of tax policies and advocate for their removal. This Tax Advocacy Tool Kit from Tax Justice Network-Africa will equip you to do just that. A summary […]

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Feminist economics 101

Posted in The Role of the State on February 7th, 2013 by

This session was intended to provide a basic understanding of Feminist Economics’ (FE) contribution both to Economics and to Feminism: What does FE means? How has FE developed over time? What are FE main issues? What are FE critiques to mainstream Economics? What resources does FE provides to feminist activism? A summary prepared by AWID […]

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Surviving Money and the Financial System

Posted in Financial Flows on February 7th, 2013 by

This session was an audio-visual presentation/talk/Q&A on how money and financial systems operate and impact on women of limited means; how the system serves economic purpose, but also deceives and impoverishes through abuse. It interactively provided what women need to know and do to counter the system and survive. Three videos and a summary shared […]

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Gross Domestic Product (GDP) / Growth

Posted in Financial Flows, Labour & Work on February 5th, 2013 by

What counts, what doesn’t count, who’s doing the counting, and what are the data used for? After an introduction to the basics using ‘chapters’ from the Who’s Counting? video, this session explored the current status of national income accounting, the best questions feminists can be asking, and the best strategies to adopt. A summary prepared […]

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Food Sovereignty and Food Security

Posted in Access to and control of resources on February 4th, 2013 by

This session presented basic notions of concepts of food security and food sovereignty; where these concepts emerged and their contexts. As well, the session highlighted distinctions between the two and their relevance for advancing women’s rights and economic justice. Speakers: Francisca Rodriguez (Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Rurales e Indígenas de Chile, ANAMURI and CLOC-Via Campesina) […]

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Demystifying Economics: Macroeconomic Policy

Posted in The Role of the State on February 4th, 2013 by

What is macroeconomic policy? What are examples of how macroeconomic policies shape the realities of women’s lives? Understanding the overall impact of macroeconomic policies on human rights can be an effective tool in feminist activism.  This session explored the linkages between macroeconomic policies and human rights. Speakers: Radhika Balakrishnan (CWGL), James Heintz (Political Economy Research […]

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