E-newsletter 2016

WIDE+ Newsletter May 2016

WIDE+ proposes measures to improve situation of women refugees in Europe and Turkey

As a feminist network WIDE + is very concerned about the vulnerable situation of women refugees in Europe and in Turkey. WIDE+ has therefore asked United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and UN Women to check how gender sensitive measures are implemented.

WIDE+ calls for secured access to places of safety and privacy, including gender-segregated sleeping and sanitation facilities in camps as well as staff with gender sensitive training. It is necessary that women with experience of violence, torture and threats will be proactively given access to professional GBV counselling and assistance. Women’s health should be a priority as well, especially the situation of pregnant women should receive more attention. And it is of utmost importance that women’s rights to lodge an asylum claim independently of their spouse and family, and to have a legal status independent of that of their spouse and family, are duly and proactively enforced.

Read here the concerns WIDE+ has: WIDEletter_UNCHR_April_2016
Read here the reply from UN Women: http://wp.me/p2KSLS-m0

CAWN and WIDE+ call on European Parliamentarians to pressure El Salvador to end ban on Abortion

 The Central America Women’s Network (CAWN) and Women in Development Europe (WIDE+) have asked European Parliamentarians to pressure El Salvador to have an open debate in its Legislative Assembly to change the legislation that bans abortion under all circumstances. MEP Members of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly will come together on 16-18 May in Lisbon, Spain and meet Latin American parliamentarians. Human rights groups in El Salvador agree that a debate on the inadequacies of the abortion law in the Legislative Assembly is key for the advance of women’s reproductive rights in the country and the rest of the region.


CSW 2016 Stepped It Up for Gender Equality and a Planet 50-50 by 2030. What now?

Janice G Foerde

 The milestone sixtieth session of the UN Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) took place from 14-24 March 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York City. It was the largest CSW ever. This articles reviews the outcomes, reports on the controversial issues on the table and asks whether the final conclusions will help step it up for gender equality.


WIDE+ supports TTIP campaign aiming to protect European regulations on chemicals and pesticides

WIDE+ supports a current campaign that calls for chemicals to be excluded from regulatory cooperation within the TTIP (EU-US trade) negotiations. The campaign also calls for no provisions enabling multinationals to sideline the EU courts and sue European states in the agreement, the so-called Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) or Investment Court System. There are indications that negotiations to harmonise European and American standards will lead to a lowering of European standards that set out to protect consumers from health risks associated with the use of chemicals and pesticides. This is one area in which the TTIP could directly impact negatively on women’s bodies.


 WIDE+ member GADIP Conference “ Beijing+20” report available

The network Gender and Development in Practice, GADIP organized last November at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden a conference reviewing Beijing+20. The theme was “How do we continue the work?”, reviewing the twelve prioritized areas in the Beijing Platform for Action by inviting NGOs and researchers.

Read the report: Report_Beijing_final version april 2016

The first Financing for Development review Forum fails to deliver meaningful outcomes for Women’s Human Rights

The inaugural ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up was  held from 18 to 20 April 2016, but it did not bring results. The outcome document provides four articles that basically affirms the current process and agenda.  As one CSO report described it, it “ended up being as good as a blank sheet of paper”. Civil Society addressed many concerns during the meeting, including the lack of structural changes in the global economic governance and development architecture to deliver women’s and girls human rights.


New Resources

EP study on feminist NGOs in the EU
Article: Why the Panama Papers are a Feminist issue
ITUC report: Investing in the Care Economy – Gender Analysis of Employment Stimulus in 7 OECD Countries

Article: IMF and World Bank gender projects do not match the rhetoric
EP Study on the Gender Dimension of Trafficking in Human Beings
Oxfam Paper: why gender and economic inequality must be tackled together

BRIDGE briefing: Gender, Age and Migration
ODI paper: Adaptive development and Feminist action
Gender & Development Issue on the Sustainable Development Goals

Study: the Unequal Economics of Women’s Work
AWID Toolkit “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights?” (WITM Toolkit)
EU Gender Action Plan II: opportunities for civil society participation to kick-start implementation


WIDE+ Newsletter March 2016

WIDE+ joins International condemn of the murder of indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras

Berta Cáceres, a Lenca woman, indigenous leader and spokeperson for more than 20 years of the Civic Council of Popular and Inigenous Organizations of Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras – Copinh), was murdered on 3rd March while she was resting in her home by “unknown” gunmen. She was awarded last year’s Goldman Environmental Prize for leading the resistance against the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project in Río Blanco, a World Bank and FMO-Dutch Development Bank funded-project which threatens to cut off a vital water source for hundreds of indigenous Lenca people and could have devastating effects for the community.


Recent Developments, including further action to take: http://wp.me/p2KSLS-ly

Read CAWN statement, supported by WIDE+: CAWN_statement_Berta_Caceres
Read what WIDE+ member WO=MEN the Dutch Gender platform has done in the Netherlands (in Dutch) http://www.wo-men.nl/berta_caceres/

WIDE+ participated in EU-CELAC Seminar on Gender Equality and Women’s economic Empowerment, 7-8 March 2016

As part of the ongoing exchange between the European Union member states and countries in the Caribbean and Latin-America, a seminar was held around international women’s day to share information and experiences on how to economically empower women.Gea Meijers participated on behalf of WIDE+ in what proved to be a rich discussion pinpointing to key tasks ahead.


News around Women’s empowerment in Europe and globally

 Shrinking space for Women’s Activism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
More Women Leaders needed in EU’s Foreign Affairs
New Campaign for female UN General Secretary
Dutch minister Ploumen takes action following letter from women’s rights associations on the FLOW 2 programme 


New Resources

WIDE+ member Karat Coalition report for Poland: pay gap between women and men with basic vocational education

Women with basic vocational education experience the highest pay gap in relative terms in Polandand their situation is hardly improving. Women find themselves predominantly in feminized segments of the labour market and are clearly in a minority in ‘masculine’ occupations.


Other Resources

Amnesty International report: Female refugees face physical assault, exploitation and sexual harassment on their journey through Europe
Nobel Women’s Initiative report: Women Refugees at Risk in Europe
European Parliament Study: the Gender dimension of climate justice

EIGE Report: Men control the money in the EU
IPU Report: Hardly any more women in parliaments in 2015
Report: gender dimensions of multinational companies’ operations in fragile and conflict-affected areas



WIDE+ Newsletter, January 2016

Join WIDE+ Thematic Working Groups

WIDE+ is inviting activists, researchers, students, NGOs, experts, volunteers, and others to one of its thematic Working Groups (WG) to join the work done by WIDE+ individual members and members associations. One can currently join the following WGs: Trade and gender WG,Migration and gender WG, Beijing+20 WG, Women’s Human Rights and security WG, Post-2015 Development agenda and women’s human rights WG, Care economy WG, Bodily Autonomy WG.

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A WIDE+ call for Cooperation and Solidarity: Consequences of closing borders for women and children seeking asylum in Europe  

WIDE+ aims to write a position paper based on the facts analysed with a critical feminist perspective, but first we need to investigate and assess the situation. We turn to you because we intend to gather information by asking you about your experiences. Would you consider to collaborate in an awareness raising process on this issue together with WIDE+ and other civil organisations? If you are positive to our idea, please contact us at: wgmigration@wideplus.info

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WIDE+ attends the CPDE meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 19-22 January 2016
By Rosa Belen Agirregomezkorta

WIDE+ participated in CPDE`s (Civil Society Organisations Partnership for Development Effectiveness) 7th Coordination meeting, which was preluded by a Strategic Planning workshop. WIDE+ has been involved in the CPDE since its beginning, contributing to the advancement of a development model based on human rights and feminist values. It is a member of the CPDE`s Feminist Group.

Read More: http://wp.me/p2KSLS-kO

WIDE+ and other Civil Society express concern about lack of funding priority for women’s associations in FLOW programme

The full letter: Letter-FLOW-concerns-12-December-2015_updated_7Jan


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