Rethinking Ideas of Work from a Feminist Perspective

Posted in Labour & Work on February 4th, 2013 by

This session explored how feminists have sought to reconceptualize the idea of work. It highlighted the artificial nature of the distinction between paid and unpaid work. And it discussed how the rise of global care chains has made visible some of the hidden dimensions of women’s work. A summary prepared by AWID staff of the […]

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Corporate Campaigning 101

Posted in Labour & Work, Private Sector & Corporate Power on February 4th, 2013 by

Presenters discussed how campaign organizations working to advance worker rights in global supply chains balance campaigning and engagement with corporations to pressure for change. They also shared practical lessons based on real cases in the garment industry over the last decade. Some notes on basic dos and don’ts in corporate campaigning shared in the economic […]

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Understanding International Financial Institutions (IFIs)

Posted in Financial Flows on February 4th, 2013 by

The session highlighted 1) an overview on the IFIs (what they are, their role, and how they influence and impact country policies, investments and women’s rights and livelihoods); and 2) how civil society can advocate for gender sensitive IFI investments that promote women’s rights and justice. A summary prepared by AWID staff of the issues […]

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Women and Seeds for Resistance[1]

FRIDAY FILE: The onslaught of transgenic food production, the advance of agro-business driven single-crop farming and the exploitative economic development model, are putting food sovereignty at risk. Those supporting and reinforcing these practices, including transnational corporations, are more focused on profit than caring for food and natural resources. AWID spoke to Chilean peasant activist Francisca […]

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Interconnected Struggles: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer And Intersex (LGBTQI) Activism In Africa

Posted in Culture & Religion, Sexuality on January 29th, 2013 by

FRIDAY FILE: LGBTQI individuals in Africa face numerous civil, political, economic, social and cultural barriers. AWID spoke to Hakima Abbas, the Executive Director of Fahamu about the challenges of LGBTQI activism and how the politics of foreign aid impacts the struggle. By Kathambi Kinoti. AWID: There are currently many setbacks to LGBTQI rights in Africa, […]

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Towards A Gender-Just Transformatory Policy: Assets, Agency and the Structures of Governance

Posted in Access to and control of resources on January 2nd, 2013 by

Nitya Rao. Policies that seek to give women assets, particularly land, have often failed to achieve their goals. Explained as a failure of implementation and adequate resourcing, the deeper problem lies in the use of a segmented rather than holistic analytical framework that treats both assets and women as discrete, individual objects, rather than socially […]

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Former Irish President Mary Robinson: Climate Change the Biggest Human Rights Issue of Our Time

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on December 7th, 2012 by

Interview by AMY GOODMAN. We’re joined at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Doha by Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and former U.N. high commissioner for human rights. Today Robinson heads the Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honors […]

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Rural Women and Food Sovereignty

By Alejandra Scampini. FRIDAY FILE: As we celebrate International Food Day and International Rural Women’s Day this month AWID interviewed Elizabeth Mpofu, peasant women leader of La Via Campesina in Zimbabwe to reflect on the intersections between hunger, agriculture, gender, social and environmental justice and highlight the importance of food sovereignty. AWID: Via Campesina challenges […]

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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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