WIDE+ Newsletter 3b, August 2015, SPECIAL EDITION, with: SDGs and Women’s Political Participation, Greece, CEDAW and Development, WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

GADN Recommendations to Measuring progress on women’s participation and leadership in the SDGs

A new publication by the UK Gender and Development Network (GADN) Women’s Participation and Leadership Working Group proposes global indicators to effectively track progress made on implementing the SDGs between now and 2030. Written by Abigail Hunt and Maria Vlahakis.

http://wideplus.org/gadnetwork-recommendations-to-measuring-progress-on-womens-participation-and-leadership-in-the-sdgs/

WIDE Austria Proposes a General Recommendation for CEDAW on gender and development policy

WIDE Austria has elaborated a proposal to serve as a basis for the comprehensive improvement of the monitoring and reporting methods of CEDAW members by proposing a General Recommendation on “Women’s Rights and International Development Policy”.

http://wideplus.org/2015/07/10/wide-austria-proposes-a-general-recommendation-for-cedaw-on-development-policy/

Post-oxi great depression in Greece

Woestman provided in 2012 analysis of some of the gender dynamics in Greece in what have turned out to be the early days of the crisis. Now in 2015 she returns to this analysis and finds that the enduring crisis coupled with forced neo-liberal economic reforms have cause an overall feeling of depression and burn out: “Greeks tended to yell, not let themselves go to hell…[now] all hell is going to break loose”. Article by Lois Woestman.

http://wideplus.org/post-oxi-great-depression-in-greece/

CSOs should take action against WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Despite all protests and concerns member states to the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded a new set of agreements in December 2013 in Bali, the so-called Bali Package. One of these, the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) will enter into force after ratification by two thirds of the members. It facilitates the trade for Transnational Corporations who will benefit and earn trillions, pushing away the small traders and services providers. What is at stake in the TFA for human rights? Written by Joyce Naar.

http://wideplus.org/csos-should-take-action-against-wto-trade-facilitation-agreement-newsletter-3-august-2015/

RESOURCES

WILPF 2015 Manifesto identifies neoliberal capitalism as one of the key challenges facing peace and freedom for women
ActionAid UK publishes ‘FEARLESS: Standing with women and girls to end violence’
OECD brochure on Donor aid towards Gender Equality& Women’s Empowerment
OECD publication ‘In It Together–why less inequality benefits all’
Publication on how people jointly struggle for justice against TransNational Companies
New study on ‘Business Accountability FOR Development’
EU Gender Equality Index 2015: Marginal Improvements in Gender Equality
Fashion brands violate labour laws in eastern Europe, NGO report finds
First ‘State of the World’s Fathers Report 2015’
Report ‘What lies beneath? A critical assessment of Public-Private Partnerships and their impact on sustainable development’
Publication ‘Anti-Gender Movements on the Rise? Strategizing for Gender Equality in Central & Eastern Europe’
European Parliament published study on gender gaps & barriers to (social) entrepreneurship
New Study on Domestic Work Labour Migration & Trafficking in and around India

http://wideplus.org/resources-newsletter-3-august-2015/

News around Trade Policy

International Days of Action against TTIP, TPP, TiSA and CETA: 10-17 October, 2015
UNCTAD World Investment Report 2015
Infographics on TTIP Corporate lobbying paradise
New Wikileaks on TiSA: how the US is using a Secret Agreement on Services to wriggle out of its WTO obligations.
Analysis of European Parliament’s vote on TTIP
German Environment Agency report on TTIP
Register to the WTO Public Forum, 30 September-2 October, Geneva, Switzerland

http://wideplus.org/news-around-trade-policy/

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WIDE+ Newsletter 3a, August 2015, with reviews of World Bank GE strategy, Financing for Development Agenda, Women’s Rights Paradigm and Feminist Economic Literacy

Publication with tools on enhancing Economic Literacy by WIDE+ members

Almost two years ago five women’s rights, gender and development organizations in five different countries started the Grundtvig-project “Economic Literacy across Europe: Exchange and Cooperation to Promote a Feminist Approach in Adult Education”. They are all WIDE+ members and involved other member associations and individuals into the project as experts to their meetings. The associations KULU in Denmark, Le Monde selon Les Femmes in Belgium, WIDE Austria, WIDE Switzerland and WIDE-E Spain concluded their common work with a publication that showcases the different tools used to educate people on economy from a feminist perspective:

http://wideplus.org/2015/08/10/publication-with-tools-on-enhancing-economic-literacy-by-wide-members/

Lost opportunities in Addis Ababa – Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Present but not in Depth

Women’s rights organizations and most civil society representatives were profoundly disappointed over the results of the UN’s third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13 to 16 July, 2015.  Janice G Foerde reports from the meeting, who represented WIDE+ an KULU in the Conference and the Women’s Forum was convened on 10 July, followed by a NGO-Forum on 11-12 Jul

http://wideplus.org/lost-opportunities-in-addis-ababa-gender-equality-and-womens-rights-present-but-not-in-depth/


Videos of WIDE+ Public Panel on the Women’s Human Rights paradigm

On 17 and 18 June 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, WIDE+ organized meetings that reflected on the current challenges facing the implementation of the women’s human rights paradigm as formulated in the BPfA. In the Public Panel, on 17 June, key note speeches addressed the challenges to the feminist movement and the needed paradigm shifts on global development. Priti Darooka, director at PWESCR and Christa Wichterich, researcher, spoke (in English with subtitles in Catalan):

http://wideplus.org/2015/08/10/watch-the-wide-public-panel-presentations-on-the-womens-human-rights-paradagm-in-the-current-context-of-backlashes-17-june-spain/


WIDE+ Critical reflections and key recommendations for the World Bank Group’s new Gender Equality strategy

This article is a summarized version of  WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to the World Bank Group (WBG)new strategy on Gender Equality. These recommendations were submitted during a recent  consultation process (Brussels, June 8).  WIDE+ believes that the framework of the WBG’s proposed policy does not take stock of women’s human rights and relocates gender equality as instrumental  to neo-liberal economic growth. Written by Patricia Muñoz Cabrera and Gea Meijers.

http://wideplus.org/wide-critical-reflections-and-key-recommendations-for-the-world-bank-groups-new-gender-equality-strategy-newsletter-3-august-2015/


Increasing Gains for Women, Not Just the Economy: The UK Gender and Development Network Submission to the World Bank Gender Strategy Consultation

Whilst welcoming the proposed strategy by the World Bank Group the UK Gender and Development Network’s submission challenges the WBG to go further in its ambition and address deep structural inequalities and gender discrimination. Written by Daphne Jayasinghe.

http://wideplus.org/increasing-gains-for-women-not-just-the-economy-the-uk-gender-and-development-network-submission-to-the-world-bank-gender-strategy-consultation/
 
Statements signed by WIDE+
WMG, including WIDE, strongly disappointed in the Third International Conference on Financing for Development Addis Ababa Action Agenda

WIDE+ shares concerns of global CSO movement about yet another attempt to further liberalise trade through WTO negotiations

WIDE+ joins collective demand for a UN binding Treaty on Transnational Companies

WIDE+ and other CSOs send open letter to the governments present at the EU-CELAC Summit, June 2015

WIDE+ joins public request to WTO to extend waiver for pharmaceutical products

 
WIDE+ member resources
Analysis on Sexual and Reproductive Rights


Take Action
Call on governments to support the appointment of a UN women Secretary General
Support a CEDAW General Recommendation on Indigenous Women

http://wideplus.org/take-action-newsletter-3-august-2015/

 
NEWS

States at CELAC-EU Summit held June 2015 should do more to eradicate violence against women, in particular its extreme manifestation femicide
A much weaker EU Maternity Leave Directive is in the making; current one has been withdrawn

GFF: A new Global Financing Facility towards improving female health European Parliament adopts Resolution that calls for a stronger EU Strategy for Equality between Women and Men Global Survey Shows Rising Women’s Participation in Co-Operatives
Registration open to Women Deliver Conference 2016

http://wideplus.org/news-newsletter-3-august-2015/

 

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Women’s rights organizations very concerned about police and military brutality in Equador

“Ecuador is currently in turmoil. Thousands of people are protesting proposed constitutional amendments, the expansion of the oil frontier, mining projects, changes to water and education policy, labour laws and pensions, a proposed “Free Trade Agreement” (FTA) with the European Union (EU), and increasing repression of freedom of speech, among other things. The government’s response? To send the police and military with batons and tear-gas to beat citizens, make arbitrary arrests, raid homes and even – some people believe – to take advantage of volcanic eruptions by declaring a nationwide “State of Exception”.”

Read the full artitcle: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2015/aug/19/protests-ecuadorians-brutal-repression

Women’s rights organizations have sent a letter to the UN Human Rights Commission about HR violations: CARTA A NNUU MUJERES ECUADOR 18AGOSTO

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Tools for feminist economy literacy, by WIDE+ members

Almost two years ago five women’s rights, gender and development organisations in five different countries started the Grundtvig-project “Economic Literacy across Europe: Exchange and Cooperation to Promote a Feminist Approach in Adult Education”. They are all WIDE+ members and involved other member associations and individuals into the project as experts to their meetings. The associations KULU in Denmark, Le Monde selon Les Femmes in Belgium, WIDE Austria, WIDE Switzerland and WIDE-E Spain concluded their common work with a publication that showcases the different tools used to educate people on economy from a feminist perspective.

coverThe publication uses the concept of “Economic Literacy” to strengthen the exchange in this area in order to increase the capacity of women in the field of economics. The partners had four meetings, each hosted by one of the project-partners. These formed the basis for the dissemination of information, the exchange of experiences and the opportunity to work on common approaches to increase the quality of tools within the field of economic literacy. The debates and discussions about the ongoing multiple economic crises and their impact on women were a constant part of the meetings and exchanges. They showed clearly that the concept of “Economic Literacy” is still very important and beneficial for our adult education work with different women’s groups and for the empowerment of women and girls worldwide, which is the main goal of the economic literacy approach we employ.

coveresEconomic literacy is about understanding national, regional, EU- specific and global economy, and our place within it. It is therefore a useful approach in times of globalisation and substantial changes that are taking place in relation to social, political and economic paradigms. Economic literacy allows a better understanding of processes in economic spheres and empowers people to create alternative ways of thinking and acting that can improve their standing in their daily lives, on the labour market, and as citizens.

Throughout the project the partners compared their own well-tried tools with the tools of other partners, experimented with some new ones, and tested the tools together. Some of the tools have been exchanged from one partner to another and has resulted in modifications. We also had quite an intensive discussion on our diverse understandings of the “what is a tool?” question, which helped to broaden our views and deepen our insights.

The result is this collection of “good-practice tools” that include a variety of methods, training tools, multimedia tools, and research approaches. The collection of tools reflects the diversity of the organisations and their diverse methodological approaches and access to economic literacy.

The publication is in English and Spanish to be found on the websites of the associations: http://www.wide-netzwerk.at/

http://www.mondefemmes.be/genre-developpement-nos-actions_reseaux-plateformes_grundtvig-reseaux-partenariat-europeen-genre-alphabetisation-economique.htm

The partners thank the Grundtvig/Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union that enabled and financed this project.

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Videos of WIDE+ Public Panel on the Women’s Human Rights paradigm

On 17 and 18 June 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, WIDE+ organized meetings that reflected on the current challenges facing the implementation of the women’s human rights paradigm as formulated in the BPfA.

In the Public Panel, on 17 June, key note speeches addressed the challenges to the feminist movement and the needed paradigm shifts on global development. Priti Darooka, director at PWESCR and Christa Wichterich, resercher, spoke in English with subtitles in Catalan:

Marta Macias, director at the Catalonian Development Agency (ACCD) who co-funded the meetings, explained the gender strategy of the ACCD in Catalan:

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Critical reflections and key recommendations for WB’s new Gender Equality Strategy

WIDE+ has shared it critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group’s (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality with the WBG

14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. Even though in its Concept Note the WBG states its intention to do more and better, the general strategy restates the premise put forward in the WB 2012 Global Development Report, namely that promoting gender equality is a matter of smart development and smart economics.

From a conceptual viewpoint, the new strategy outlined in the Concept Note presents important flaws.

First, it relocates economic growth and business promotion as key levers for achieving gender equality. The WB’s overreliance on women’s economic empowerment recalls the mono-dimensional approach stressed in its 2012 WDR and in the 2013 WDR Jobs, where a causal link between macro-economic growth and gender equality is assumed. Second, the WB Strategy conspicuously avoids any commitment with women’s human rights, nor does it conceptualise gender equality in connection with the do not harm approach or principle. Third, the Concept Notes stresses the importance of promoting the creation of “better jobs” for women, overlooking the important issue of decent work.

WIDE+ Recommendations 

The following recommendations are intended to help the WBG enhance the consistency and coherence of their Gender Equality strategy, of its policies and field operations, as well as the effectiveness of their interventions:

a. WBG should Include Human Rights Frameworks in all policies, programmers, field operations.

b. WBG should incorporate an intersectional approach in their gender equality strategy.

c. WBG should include the do no harm principle in diagnostic tools, in policies and in particular, in WB/IFC operations on the ground.

d. WBG should promote Decent Work, rather than more and better Growth-driven jobs.

e. Promote Caring Economies: Gender-Responsive Social Protection is key to Gender Equality.

f. The World Bank should critically rethink its economic policies, programmes and field operations.

To read WIDE+’s analysis in full: WIDE_WBGstrategy_2015

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Analysis on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

WIDE+ member and researcher Christa Wichterich has written a 40 page analysis on current debates and theoretical views on womens’ Sexual and Reproductive rights.

Women’s bodies have regularly been – and still are – the central target of conservative and fundamentalist ideology and praxis. Although the individual right to self-determination has always been shaped by social and cultural norms and legal frameworks, it is currently being determined more than ever by reproductive technologies and medical issues.

This essay provides analytical background information for critical and controversial debates, continues the politicisation of seemingly personal issues, aims to open space for the clarification of positions and provide motivation to explore political intervention. Therefore, it raises questions rather than simply providing answers.

It is published by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Gunda Werner Institute:
http://www.gwi-boell.de/en/2015/07/23/sexual-and-reproductive-rights

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