WIDE+ Newsletter, January 2016

Join WIDE+ Thematic Working Groups

WIDE+ is inviting activists, researchers, students, NGOs, experts, volunteers, and others to one of its thematic Working Groups (WG) to join the work done by WIDE+ individual members and members associations. One can currently join the following WGs: Trade and gender WG,Migration and gender WG, Beijing+20 WG, Women’s Human Rights and security WG, Post-2015 Development agenda and women’s human rights WG, Care economy WG, Bodily Autonomy WG.

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A WIDE+ call for Cooperation and Solidarity: Consequences of closing borders for women and children seeking asylum in Europe  

WIDE+ aims to write a position paper based on the facts analysed with a critical feminist perspective, but first we need to investigate and assess the situation. We turn to you because we intend to gather information by asking you about your experiences. Would you consider to collaborate in an awareness raising process on this issue together with WIDE+ and other civil organisations? If you are positive to our idea, please contact us at: wgmigration@wideplus.info

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WIDE+ attends the CPDE meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 19-22 January 2016
By Rosa Belen Agirregomezkorta

WIDE+ participated in CPDE`s (Civil Society Organisations Partnership for Development Effectiveness) 7th Coordination meeting, which was preluded by a Strategic Planning workshop. WIDE+ has been involved in the CPDE since its beginning, contributing to the advancement of a development model based on human rights and feminist values. It is a member of the CPDE`s Feminist Group.

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WIDE+ and other Civil Society express concern about lack of funding priority for women’s associations in FLOW programme

The full letter: Letter-FLOW-concerns-12-December-2015_updated_7Jan

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WIDE+ attends the CPDE meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 19-22 January 2016

By Rosa Belen Agirregomezkorta

WIDE+ participated in CPDE`s (Civil Society Organisations Partnership for Development Effectiveness) 7th Coordination meeting, which was preluded by a Strategic Planning workshop. These events were planned to take place at the end of 2015 but were postponed to January 2016 due to the Paris terrorist attacks and the following security alert level 4 in Brussels.

WIDE+ has been involved in the CPDE since its beginning, contributing to the advancement of a development model based on human rights and feminist values. It is a member of the CPDE`s Feminist Group.

The CPDE came about in February 2012 as a global open platform for civil society organisations in advancing effectiveness principles in Development. It was the result of the unification of the Better Aid network and Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness. The Nairobi Declaration for Development Effectiveness (9 December 2012), laid down the Values, Principles and Structure, including the Feminist approach within the CPDE.

The CPDE met in order to review the Development Effectiveness agenda, the role of CPDE, and to renew its strategy for carrying out its objectives. The meeting will inform CPDE plans in the coming years, enabling the platform to better organise itself, politically and programmatically.

Some of the debates focused on the following issues:

– A reflection on the CPDE`s changing landscape that poses important challenges for 2016: migration and refugees crisis, increase of racism and populist parties, de-legitimation of the OSCs as well as Human Rights and gender equality agendas.

-The Role of the Private sector: we are facing a new multilateralism where private experts are setting the agendas.
– The overhaul of the ODA (Official Development Assistance) system.

One preliminary conclusion to take away from the meeting is that the CPDE needs to position itself beyond the Development Efficiency agenda and connect to other global agendas. Development Efficiency is not an isolated issue, but relates to the 2030 agenda (SDGs) and financing development (FfD) agenda, COP21, etc. It is not clear how much the CPDE want to advocate and get involved in these ongoing processes.

Many of the concerns expressed are shared by other platforms and networks, like WIDE+, that are facing similar challenges and difficulties in order to advocate wider agendas.

It is our task as social actors to be able to articulate bridges to strengthen our values and principles (social, environmental and gender justice). We need to improve our action in the construction of alternatives and the challenging of hegemonic models. And the questions are: ‘how can WIDE+ support these efforts?’ and ‘how can the CPDE help WIDE+ efforts in building a more equal and just world?’.

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WIDE+ with many other Women’s Rights organisations express concern about lack of funding priority for women’s associations in FLOW programme

Many national, regional and global women’s rights networks and foundations have sent a letter to the Dutch Minister to express concern about the allocation of scare resources that will result in crippling the global women’s rights movement. An excerpt of the letter:

the decision to only fund nine projects in this new round – out of 100 that passed the eligibility test, and going from an average 2,4 to 9.5 million per grantee – is breaking the back-bone of the global women’s human rights movement. We are extremely worried that hundreds of local, national and regional women-led organisations who used to benefit from your support, – directly or indirectly as sub-grantees of FLOW beneficiaries – will have to end their activities, or severely scale back programmes, and that this will have very negative impacts on especially the most vulnerable groups of women.…..The FLOW fund is the only remaining large global fund, which focuses on women’s rights and empowerment”.

The full letter: Letter-FLOW-concerns-12-December-2015_updated_7Jan

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WIDE+ Newsletter 4, December 2015

Women – not GMOs feed the world
by Eva Lachkovics

Vandana Shiva, Indian scholar and environmental activist, explains why women’s traditional knowledge holds the answer to the problem of food security in India. http://wp.me/P2KSLS-iK

WIDE+ News and Analysis

WIDE+ Recommendations to UN Human Rights Council on the protection of the family and the contribution of families in realizing the right to and adequate standard of living: http://wp.me/p2KSLS-if

WIDE+ position on the High‐Level Review of SC Resolution 1325 (2000) Open Debate of the Security Council held on October 13, 2015, led by Spain (in English and Spanish): http://wp.me/p2KSLS-i8

WIDE+ intervened during EP INTA meeting on EP study ‘The EU’s trade policy from gender blind to gender sensitive’: http://wideplus.org/2015/09/28/wide-intervention-to-the-study-commissioned-by-the-ep-the-eus-trade-policy-from-gender-blind-to-gender-sensitive-22-september-2015/

WIDE+ together with almost 500 other Civil Society associations expressed alarm over the neo-liberal policies that are being promoted around the Nairobi Ministerial of the World Trade Organization (WTO): http://wp.me/p2KSLS-im

WIDE+ and other CSOs have called for a Climate Agreement that addresses Inequalities and Social Justice: http://wp.me/p2KSLS-is

WIDE+ Member Resources

WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform General Assembly, November 2015
New Study on the Bangladesh Garment Industry

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WIDE Austria partner WoMin fight for gender justice during COP21 and after, calling for the implementation of the Declaration
‘African women uniting for food, energy and climate justice’

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News on Gender, Climate and EU policy

COP21 Climate Change Agreement doesn’t live up to the challenges
ENMW urges EU to focus on Gender-based dangers facing migrant and refugee women
UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Calls on All Member States to Establish a “Femicide Watch”
Grassroots women’s workers protest in India: an example improving labour standards
New World’s Women Report assesses progress in Gender Equality

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EU Trade related News and Resources

Pressure from US negotiators in TTIP in 2013 led to dropping of planned EU legislation to restrict unhealthy pesticides
The Great ISDS & TTIP Quiz
Transnational Institute publishes report ‘FTA’s, a threat to public services’
New study ‘TTIP and COP21 shaped by same big business interests’
President of European Parliament accepted over 3 million signatures of EU citizens to halt the TTIP and CETA negotiations
We must abolish ISDS, says UN expert
Comparing States’ treatment of businesses and associations worldwide
Private funding and corporate influence moving the United Nations into the wrong direction according to new study

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Post-2015 Development Agenda: Sustainable Development Goals outcome review

UN Sustainable Development Goals – What’s New from a Feminist Perspective?SDG’s main weakness for women’s rights: lack of accountability
Sustainable Development Goals Indicators and Data: Who collects? Who reports? Who benefits?

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Resources

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WIDE+ and other CSOs call for a Climate Agreement that addresses Inequalities and Social Justice

Over 200 civil society groups from more than 50 countries around the world, including WIDE+, have endorsed the “International Civil Society Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice in Climate Policy.” The Call focuses attention on the relationships between climate change and socioeconomic inequalities.

Climate change affects people in very unequal ways, thus compounding inequalities. Poor and marginalized people suffer the consequences of environmental degradation more directly and severely. Women and girls are particularly impacted. Women and girls are more likely to care for children, the sick and the elderly, to prepare food, to fetch water, to work the soil. All of these activities become more difficult as the climate degenerates. Furthermore, when climate impacts destroy economic opportunities at home, women and girls are less able to travel safely to seek new opportunities.

Despite suffering more severe impacts from climate change, poor and marginalized people generate significantly less impact on the environment as measured by standardized metrics such as consumption or carbon output. This is true for both poorer nations and for poorer socioeconomic classes within countries. It is unethical that those who do less harm should suffer more.

People who lack the necessary economic resources, knowledge, and political clout are disempowered and unable to demand necessary changes. Often, despite enormous and sophisticated grassroots or civil society efforts, the power differentials between those who stand to benefit from environmentally damaging economic activity, and those who are affected by it, are simply too great to overcome.

To read the full statement:

https://www.initiativeforequality.org/index.php/equity-treaty-action-collaborative/call-for-climate-justice

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WIDE+ and nearly 500 other CSOs express alarm over neoliberal policies promoted at the Nairobi Ministerial of WTO

WIDE+ together with members of 453 civil society organizations including trade unions, environmentalists, farmers, development advocates, and public interest groups from over 150 countries, have express extreme alarm about the current situation of the negotiations in the WTO through a public letter. The CSOs urge governments to take seriously the need for the Nairobi Ministerial to change existing WTO rules to make the global trading system more compatible with people-centered development

As CSOs were are very critical about the efforts by some developed countries to abandon the development agenda and replace it with a set of so-called “new issues” that actually are non-trade issues that would impact deeply on domestic economies and constrain national policy space required for development and public interest.

Read the letter in full: Civil Society Letter Dec 2015-EN-as of Dec 9

 

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WIDE+ Recommendations to UN Human Rights Council on the protection of the family and the contribution of families in realizing the right to an adequate standard of living

WIDE+ Recommendations to UN Human Rights Council on the protection of the family and the contribution of families in realizing the right to and adequate standard of livin

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WIDE+ contributed to the UNHRC consultation on protection of the family. WIDE+ recommends that:

  • the concept of family is understood in terms of individuals assuming a shared responsible for social reproduction.
  • Access to and the provision of public services like health, education and social security should not be regulated on the basis of markets, but easily accessible for all citizens on an individual basis as a matter of social rights.
  • As specified in Paragraph 16 of the CEDAW Convention, States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in all matters relating to marriage and family relations and shall ensure equality of men and women in the family.
  • Unpaid and paid care work within the family, mostly done by women, has to be fully recognised as work and the contribution of unpaid work for social well-being has to be acknowledged.
  • All family members have to be protected against violence from inside and outside the family.
  • Current developments like migration, war and refuge contribute to many changes in the way family life is organised. Recognizing the lived diversity of family realities, states are obliged to respect, protect and enforce the human rights of all family members, their personal integrity and their dignity at the individual level, in particular sexual and reproductive rights..

This summer, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on ‘Protection of the family’, which called for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report and present it to the Council during its session in March 2016. This initiative at the Council (and beyond) has been linked to efforts of neo-conservative groups to promote a traditional and conservative notion of ‘the family’. That is why WIDE+ and many other CSOs have spoken out and provided recommendations towards the protection of families.

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