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:


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


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):


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.


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.


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


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



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