January 2018 Newsletter 1
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:
- Reports, video and audio from its 2016 International conference ‘Movements, Border, Righs? Feminist Perspectives on Global Issues in Europe‘;
- Report of the 2016 “#WomensVoices, European Open Space with female refugee and migrant activists‘;
- WIDE+ Gender and Trade 2017 Position Paper on “How to transform EU trade policy to protect women’s rights“.
- 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.
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: 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. 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.
The 14th EFLAC ‘Diversas pero no Dispersas (Different but not dispersed)’, remarks and reflections, Montevideo, Uruguay 22-2 November, 2017, Read this article, written by Edmé Domínguez R, WIDE+ member.
December 2018 Newsletter 2
Announcement International Workshop on gender and migration in the framework of the “Feminist Forum” of European Parliament GUE/NGL, 12.00-15.00, 7 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium co-organized by WIDE+ members, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-Kw
A Fair Trade for Gender? an Analysis of Cocoa production in Ivory Coast, article by Nema Vinkeloe, WIDE+ member, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-KC, WIDE+ advocated for strong gender equality and trade recommendations in an EP motion on gender and trade, with some success. The motion was adopted in March 2018, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-L1
GADIP workshop ‘Women’s Voices: Civil society and migrant women’s rights’, 29 May, Gothenburg, Sweden. Report: https://gadipblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/report-womens-voices.pdf
CONCORD-WIDE+ Joint Position Paper calls on the EU to move beyond voluntary gender articles in EU trade agreements, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-MA.
Members and Partners explain how they promote Female Migrant and Refugee Rights: Video, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-Nc. The first European face to face meeting for the WIDE+ project “Strengthening Innovative Solutions to Protect Female Migrant and Refugee Rights” was held on 6 March 2018, in Brussels, Belgium.
- WIDE+ joins new call for Binding Human Rights Treaty to (transnational) companies, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-Ni
- WIDE+ has requested the EU and the Hungarian government to protect gender studies in Hungary, following a recent proposal for a ban, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-Np
- In view of the forthcoming European Council, the European Women’s Lobby together with Women in Development Europe (WIDE+), CARE International and COFACE Families Europe call on European leaders to put gender equality at the heart of the future budget of the EU: https://wp.me/p2KSLS-Pz
- Women’s rights and development associations, including WIDE+, are deeply concerned about the lack of priority to gender equality in the proposed EU Multi-annual Financial Framework: https://wp.me/p2KSLS-Lm
- No more gender blind budgets for the European Union’s external policies, WIDE+, Care, DSW, IPPF European Network, One, Plan International, Kvinna till Kvinna, World Vision and WAGGS have published their key demands for the external action for the currently being developed next European Union (EU) Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). Read the full 201806_Gender_MFF_CSO_asks
New WIDE+ member’s publication: ‘The Europe we want? Feminist approaches to gender, migration, and democracy’, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-OA
WIDE+ Statement for 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, https://wp.me/p2KSLS-Pt
New WIDE+ Briefing Paper on Transforming EU Trade Policy to protect Women’s Rights (EN, DE, ES, FR), https://wp.me/p2KSLS-Pb