WIDE+ Newsletter out this April 2013!

WIDE+ newsletter (as PDF) or the articles online (below

Announcement: WIDE+ Comeback meeting, 4-5 July 2013, Madrid, Spain

WIDE-E (WIDE Spain) is organizing a WIDE + meeting in Madrid (Spain) on 4 and 5 of July, 2013. During the past half year members of WIDE+ have worked on writing down the vision, mission, governance structure and strategies for the new network WIDE+. In the upcoming meeting members will take decisions on these issues, and further discuss the course of strategic and operational actions.


CSW: Optimism in spite of Challenges and Results – Yes, We Could!

The UN Commission on the Status of Women’s (CSW) 57th Session took place the first two weeks of March. This year – in spite of the challenges and the suspense until the last moment – the CSW produced a useful Agreed Conclusions (AC).


Announcement: Feminism in NGO Conference “Vienna+20“, 25-26 June 2013


Gender, Development and New Aid Architecture post 2015: Architects or Pawns in Development Engineering?

Women rights activists have gained in the current international governments processes around development, but also lost a lot in the processes. Reviewing the effects, together with a decrease in recourses because of multiple crises, it calls upon feminists to be very strategic in their resistance to mainstream neo-liberal policies.


Feminists at the forefront of European struggles for justice

The seventh European Social Forum (ESF) took place in Florence, Italy, between 8 and 11 November 2012. The ‘Women facing debt and austerity: resistance and feminist alternatives’ session, organized by a loose conglomerate of feminist collectives, was a feminist oasis in an otherwise gender-blind event.


Women’s Rights in Development: Feminist and Social Alternatives to the Development Agenda

The workshop ‘Women’s Rights in Development: Feminist and Social Alternatives to the Development Agenda’ was held during the XXII Latin-American Prime Minister’s and Government’s Summit, in Cádiz, Spain. The workshop, which was held on 17 November 2012, was organized by the Spanish WIDE Platform (WIDE-E) and other networks and NGOs.


Impressions from the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis

The World Social Forum this year took place in Tunis from 26 to 30 March at the campus of El Manar University. Civil society organisations from all over the world, about 60.000 participants from 135 countries, responded with a huge wave of solidarity. The key word of the endeavour was DIGNITY. But women rights’ issues in this context were not among the most prominent ones.

9th Asia Europe People’s Forum

The 9th Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF9) took place with 1000 participants -most of them from South East Asia – in October 2012 in Vientiane, Laos. The AEPF seemed to be a symbol that Laos is not only opening up for the market and investors but for civil society as well.


WIDE+ member in the spotlight: GADN network UK

GADN, a network of 70 of the UK’s leading development NGOs and gender experts, effectively lobby and provide expert advice to government and international bodies on gender and development issues. In the past year we have been working to influence key areas of policy such as the post-2015 framework, violence against women and sexual and reproductive health rights.


KARAT Coalition Birthday Fundraiser event

On January 31, 2013, the Birthday Fundraiser event was held in Warsaw, Poland to celebrate 16th birthday of KARAT Coalition and its work in the field of women’s human and economic rights in the Region. The event also aimed at expanding KARAT’s constituency of supporters including the business community.


DCF Vienna Policy pre-dialogue meeting on Gender Equality, December 2012

In December 2012 The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with UNWOMEN and the Government of Austria, organized the first dialogue in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations in preparation for the 2014 United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). The meeting’s participants tried to answer the question how gender equality and the empowerment of women could be firmly placed at the centre of a post 2015 development agenda in light of a changing development landscape with emerging challenges. The presentations by Wendy Harcourt and Ireen Dubel are republished (also to be found at: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/dcfviennadialogue.shtml)

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