gender equality

‘Investing’ in Women’s Rights: Challenges and new trends

Angelika Arutyunova. Women’s rights activists and advocates are not the only ones talking about the importance of inclusion of women and girls in the development processes. From the World Bank to corporations, investing in women and girls trend has picked up over the past years. At the same time, AWID’s Where is the Money for […]

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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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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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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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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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Feminists unmasking religious fundamentalisms

Posted in Culture & Religion on November 2nd, 2012 by

What impact is the rise of religious fundamentalisms having on women’s rights? How are women’s rights activists fighting back? Interesting questions in the light of the developments at international human rights fora in recent years, amongst which the ICPD, the Human Rights Council, current Rio+20 negotiations and the CSW a couple of months back. The latter was […]

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Reflections from the 2012 AWID Forum

Posted in Financial Flows on November 2nd, 2012 by

Investing in Girls and Young Women vs. Strategies To Support Young Feminist Activism – Is there a difference? – by Amina Doherty It’s taken me a while to process all of my reflections from the 2012 AWID Forum. One of the things I’ve been sitting with was a question that came out of the break-out […]

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Who Is the Authentic Arab Woman?

Posted in Culture & Religion on October 25th, 2012 by

“Democratic elections did not result in democratic actors who upheld women’s rights,” said Lina Abou-Habib, President of The Association for Women Rights in Development (AWID), encapsulating the Arab revolutions at the opening plenary of their 2012 conference. Two thousand women development activists participated in the Istanbul conference of AWID. The opening plenary zeroed in on […]

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No Economic Justice without Gender Justice

Posted in Plenary 1 on October 24th, 2012 by

Wendy Harcourt. It seems incredible in these days of economic crisis that over 2,200 women (and some men) found the time and money to fly to Istanbul for a discussion on gender and economic justice at the AWID Forum 2012. Registrations closed a week before the event opened and the majority of the 800 organizations […]

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Some provocative remarks

Posted in Labour & Work on October 24th, 2012 by

Kaythi Win, chairperson of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, underlines during the morning plenary that ‘Sex work is work’ and ‘Violence is not part of the job’. She even managed to activate the audience to stand up and repeat one of her slogans. In her struggle for the recognition of sex work  as work and accompanying labour […]

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