E-Newsletter 2018

First 2018 Newsletter: WIDE+ Highlights 2017

With this first 2018 e-newsletter we want to look back on 2017 through a selection of important and diverse milestones.

WIDE+ published three major publications in 2017:

WIDE+ in collaboration with women’s rights networks and Trade Unions has sent out a letter to the rapporteurs of European Parliament for the planned motion on gender in EU trade agreements.

WIDE+ with more than 160 Civil Society associations called on Governments to reject the WTO Declaration on “Women’s Economic Empowerment”.

WIDE+ and members urged Guatemalan embassies to demand a full investigation into fire in state home killing dozens of girls on March 8, 2017.

Member Activities

Hereby a taste of the diversity of the activities undertaking in by WIDE+ members.

Babaylan Denmark celebrated in 20 years of existence in May, 2017.

On 28 September WIDE+ members and many others celebrated and marched for International Safe Abortion Day.

For example, WIDE+ member Le Monde selon les Femmes organized with March Mondiale des Femmes the March in Brussels (for photo’s) and: http://www.september28.org/.

WIDE+ member GADNETWORK UK has published a new issue in their Feminist Development Alternatives series

“Advancing feminist alternatives in the context of neoliberalism” discusses how breaking down the gender division in primary responsibility for unpaid care and domestic work is crucial to any vision of a feminist development paradigm: http://gadnetwork.org/development-alternatives/

Women’s Major Group Position Paper 2017 for the UN High-Level Political Forum: WIDE+ and WIDE+ members are part of the Women’s Major Group.

G20’s Women Forum: promoting business women with hardly space for feminists, a Southern perspective or civil society

While it could have been a real milestone to promote women’s economic empowerment, the G20 official engagement group in 2017 proved a disappointed space with a limited focus and participation, especially lacking participation and voice from the South as well as from feminists and other civil society partners.

Read this article written by Priti Darooka, founder and executive director of PWESCR (The Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), a WIDE+ member.