WIDE+ Newsletter 2015, issue 1


Reports and pictures from Conference ‘Gender@sustainability’ and celebration: A toast to WIDE+’, 31 October, 2014, Switzerland

This international conference organized by WIDE Switzerland provided thought provoking and analytical  presentations on the relations between the concepts of gender equality and sustainability. It also addressed current international policy developments such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the several trade negotiations (TTIP and TISA). And strategies for collective action towards sustainable and equal societies were discussed. Parallel to the conference WIDE+ founding General Assembly was held that resulted in a new board, an adopted constitution and founding members. The formalization of WIDE+ was celebrated during the evening after the conference: a toast to WIDE+!

Inputs, reports and pictures from the conference gender@sustainability are now online together with the evening of celebrating WIDE+: http://www.wide-network.ch/en/Gender_at_Sustainability/conference_documentation.php

The 13th Encuentro Feminista Latinoamericano y del Caribe in Peru, Lima, 22-25 November, 2014


Searching for socio-ecological and socio-economic transformation: a feminist perspective on the 4th De-Growth Conference in Germany

In this article Christa Wichterich reflects on the discourses and strategies discussed during the 4th De-Growth Conference. De conference brought 3000 people together in Leipzig, in September 2014, through 450 workshops, cultural events and plenaries.


The globalization of structural adjustment programmes: Lessons from feminists and women in the Global South

In the recently launched magazine of the EWL, WIDE+ members Patricia Muñoz Cabrera and Virginia López Calvo reflected on the Structural Adjustment programmes: http://wp.me/p2KSLS-ak


WIDE+ undersigns statement against regulatory cooperation in TTIP negotiations, February 2015

Regulatory cooperation is the ultimate tool to prevent or weaken future public interest standards for citizens, workers, consumers, and the environment. This is the key message from the statement signed by around 170 civil society organizations on regulatory cooperation in the negotiations on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a neo-liberal trade agreement) between the EU and the US. The latest leaked European Commission position on the regulatory cooperation chapter of the TTIP negotiations has further heightened the concerns from all CSOs.


UN postMDG2015 negotiations lack understanding of women’s human rights and needed economic conditions and Financing for Development agenda, the past and upcoming processes, February 2015


WIDE+ signs statement of Financial Transparency Coalition and Latindadd Conference “Tackle the links between illicit capital flows, tax policies and gender justice”


WIDE+ supports statement on recognising women’s rights in UNHRC Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Living in Rural Areas



GADN publication “Unpaid care: a priority for the post-2015 development goals and beyond”

Formation de formatrices et formateurs en genre, Bruxelles, Belgium by Le Monde selon Les Femmes

Karat Coalition’s statement during the UNECE NGO Geneva Forum available
To read the full statement: http://www.karat.org/category/karats-statements/

WIDE+ member TIYE International released statement at NGO Forum and UNECE Meeting “BEIJING + 20”, November 2014

 Spanish NGOs, including WIDE+ members CEIM and WIDE+E, are critical towards Spanish Action Plan UN 1325

WIDE+ member Karat coordinates alternative CEDAW report Poland



*Gender and Social and Solidarity Economy, paper series by UNRISD.

*European Women’s Lobby report “1995-2015: From Words to Action”.

*The Cost of Inequality in Women’s Work – Close the Gap!, 2015 report by Action Aid.



*UN General Assembly adopts historic resolution on child, early & forced marriage.

*Feminist Principles of the internet.

*Beijing+20 UNECE NGO Forum Declaration.

*Women at Lima Climate Change Conference blast failure for real Action.

*Sexual violence in the Ukraine war.

*One women acquitted from imprisonment for miscarriage in El Salvador, now more should follow.




UPCOMING EVENTS among others;

*WILPF 2015 Conference: Uniting a Global Movement of Women’s Power to Stop War, 27-29 April, 2015, The Hague, the Netherlands

*International Conference “The strength of Critique: Trajectories of Marxism – Feminism”, 20-22 March, Berlin, Germany


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