Resources WIDE+ Newsletter May 2016

EP study on feminist NGOs in the EU

Upon request by the FEMM Committee of the European Parliament, this report examines the activities of new feminist organisations in the EU which emerged, physically and on-line, since 2010. It is based on case studies in seven EU countries as well as a literature review to provide historical context.

Article: Why the Panama Papers are a Feminist issue

Those shifting and hiding their wealth are failing to pay back into the ‘care economy’ – the people who produce and reproduce the workforce of today and tomorrow.

ITUC report: Investing in the Care Economy – Gender Analysis of Employment Stimulus in 7 OECD Countries

This study shows that investment into the care economy of 2 % of GDP in just 7 countries would create over 21 million jobs and help countries overcome the twin challenges of ageing populations and economic stagnation. Investing in care narrows the gender pay gap, reduces overall inequality and helps redress the exclusion of women from decent jobs.

Article: IMF and World Bank gender projects do not match the rhetoric

This article briefly reviews recent evaluations and commentaries on the performance of the World Bank and IMF in terms of promoting gender equality. The US-based think tank the Center for Global Development’s March paper Do the results match the rhetoric? An examination of World Bank gender projects found that out of the 1,666 Bank projects funded between 2009 and 2014, only 27 (1.6 %) of total projects, focused specifically on gender and contained measurable gender indicators and targets. According to Francesca Rhodes of NGO Oxfam GB, the IMF has so far limited its gender work mostly to research, with almost no impact on institutional policy (see Observer Winter 2016).

EP Study on the Gender Dimension of Trafficking in Human Beings

Upon request by the FEMM Committee of the European Parliament, this report examines in detail the patterns for women in trafficking in Europe. At the launch of the report, MEP Catherine Bearder, rapporteur of the FEMM report on trafficking, said: “the Swedish model can be seen as the best model to create an environment that does not allow sex trafficking to happen”. Trafficking is gender specific; women and girls are overwhelmingly (96 %) the victims of trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation and the majority (75 %) of victims of trafficking for all purposes.

 Oxfam Paper: why gender and economic inequality must be tackled together

This new paper sets out why efforts to tackle economic and gender inequality must go hand in hand. Drawing on research from around the world and the experiences of women in developing countries, it presents recommendations for governments and corporations to address the obstacles to full economic equality women still face.

 BRIDGE briefing: Gender, Age and Migration

In many parts of the world, migration has replaced fertility and mortality as the leading agent of demographic change. This briefing focuses on gender and age, offering an insight into who migrates and who doesn’t, reasons for migrating, experiences of the migration process and what life is like for different groups of migrants and refugees when, and if, they reach their destinations. It concludes with a set of recommendations for more gender and age sensitive policy making.

 ODI paper: Adaptive development and Feminist action  

This new ODI briefing paper argues that the gender and adaptive development communities have something to offer each other and that collaboration can be mutually strategic. These communities begin with a shared understanding of development as being as much about power and politics as economics, and have a shared experience of trying to break down an organisational ghetto.

Gender & Development Issue on the Sustainable Development Goals

In this issue of G&D, co-edited by Caroline Sweetman and UNRISD’s Valeria Esquivel, the articles come from a range of prominent women’s rights activists and advocates – many of whom have been directly involved in the creation of Agenda 2013 and the SDGs – and offer a ‘first cut’ analysis.

Study: the Unequal Economics of Women’s Work

This study, co-published by CCPA and Oxfam Canada, looks at how women in Canada and around the world are affected by rising inequality, including the burden of unpaid work, the undervaluing of work in predominantly female fields, and the unspoken social norms that see men offered higher wages and rates of promotion than women. The study offers a number of solutions to help make women count to reduce the care burden on women, and a greater focus by governments to prioritize women’s rights.

AWID Toolkit “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights?” (WITM Toolkit)

The WITM Toolkit is a step-by-step for any individual or organization to conduct their own specialized research on funding trends on women’s rights. You can adapt AWID’s WITM research methodology to answer questions about funding patterns for specific populations, issues or geographies. Where are resources being directed to, who plays a role in shaping these decisions, and who counts when it comes to resource allocation? These are some of the political questions the WITM Toolkit can help organizations answer. TheWITM Toolkit also functions as an advocacy tool.

 EU Gender Action Plan II: opportunities for civil society participation to kick-start implementation

The new EU Gender Action Plan 2 (GAP II) “Joint Staff Working Document – Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations 2016-2020” provides the framework for the European Commission’s (EC), the European External Action Services’ (EEAS) and European Member States’ (MS) approach to gender equality through external action. This note prepared through CONCORD suggest how Civil Society can engage in this process of implementation

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