2007-2011: Economic Alternatives, Labour, Migration

Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices and Visions from India and Latin America

This briefing paper is based on two earlier publications by WIDE: In Search of Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices from India and Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices and Visions from Latin America. These publications contain short articles collected from India and Latin America. The essays not only suggest new and alternative ideas to achieve sustainable development, social and gender justice in the context of the globalised neoliberal model, at the same time they draft some general guiding principles and building blocks for identifying and shaping pathways towards an alternative micro- and macro-economic development agenda. Each of them proves that women are developing transformative agency on a conceptual and a practical level, demystifying the TINA ideology (“There Is No Alternative!”) and are on their way to make TATA a reality: “There Are a Thousand Alternatives”.

Download: alternatives India and Latin America.

Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices and Visions from Latin America, published in 2011.
This is the second publication in the series “Economic Alternatives for Gender Equality and Social Justice” produced by WIDE. “Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices and Visions from Latin America” reflects WIDE´s strategic goal to promote the construction of alternatives to the current dominant economic model from a feminist perspective. This publication is the result of a longstanding collaboration between WIDE and her allies in Latin America.Download: In English and in Spanish.

Agrofuel Production: the World Food Situation, the Right to Food and the Impact on Women, published in 2011

Increasing oil prices, rising energy demands, climate change and Kyoto Protocol commitments are the causes of an emerging worldwide renewable energy boom. These renewables include agrofuels, such as agrodiesel made from rapeseed, palm oil, soybean oil or other types of vegetable oil, as well as agroethanol made from corn, wheat, sugarcane, sugar beet and other starch-containing plants. This paper aims to study the relation between the extensive cultivation of crops (staple, for the most part) for these fuels and the right to food, as well as the obligation of states to ensure food security. Moreover, we will also analyse agrofuels´ real climate change mitigation potential.

Download: Agrofuel Production English and Agrofuel Production German.

The Other Financial Crisis: Poor Women, Small Credits, Big Businesses, published in 2010

India is in the midst of a financial crisis that shows striking similarities to the US subprime crisis, both in its origins and the rescue strategies used. Just as the cheap mortgage granted to low-income households in the USA, the microcredits given to poor women in rural areas worked out as financialisation of everyday life and integration of the women into the global financial market with its return-based logic.

Download: TheOtherFinancialCrisisonMicrocredit.

WIDE Annual Conference 2010 Report ‘Migration, women rights and globalisation’

Women from all corners of the globe including many representatives from European migrant women associations came together at the WIDE conference to share and reflect on this open question of migrant women´s human rights at risk, compelling us to rethink, expose and denounce the architecture of policy-making in Europe (and globally), and to explore the links between decisions taken at a global level and the impact they have on the ground.

Download: AC2010ReportFinal.

Women’s Labour Migration in the Context of Globalisation, published 2010

The report Women’s labour migration in the context of globalisation offers an introduction to important contemporary political analysis on the influence of globalisation on women´s work, mobility and empowerment. Authors of the report Anja K. Franck and Andrea Spehar explain how globalisation shapes women´s labour migration.

Download: full report. Executive summary of this study is available in EnglishFrench, SpanishGerman and Russian.

Feminist Alternatives for Social Justice: from a Capitalist “Care-less” Economy to wards a Solidarity-based “Care-full” Economy, published in 2010

Taking Stock: The financial crisis and development from a feminist perspective, published in 2009

This is WIDE’s position paper on the global social, economic and environmental crisis. This publication has been authored by Ursula Dullnig, Brita Neuhold, Traude Novy, Kathrin Pelzer, Edith Schnitzer, Barbara Schöllenberger, Claudia Thallmayer from WIDE Austria.

Download: Taking Stock in English.

In Search of Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices from India, published in 2009

“In search of economic alternatives: Voices from India” is a new publication from WIDE. It is an edited collection of short essays by Indian authors on economic structures, relations and principles that are needed to serve the goals of sustainable economic and human development, poverty eradication, social justice, and empowerment of the most vulnerable segments of society: women, Taken together, the 12 essays form an agenda of alternative thinking, linking gender with other social, livelihood, and democratic concerns.

Download: Economic Alternatives in India.

Microcredit: an alternative for women’s empowerment?, published in 2009

A report of a one-day consultation, organized by WIDE on May 15th, 2009 in Brussels. Download the report in English, in French  and in Spanish.

WIDE Annual Conference report 2009: We CARE! Feminist responses to the care crisis

Care and care work must be understood ­ not as prerequisites to economic growth ­ but as the centre of human life. This understanding can bring about a political and economic shift in priorities from moneymaking and consumption, to creating new ways of being and living that are more dignifying and ethical.

WIDE Annual Conference 2009 workshops. Download the report from worskhopreportsAC.


This series, originally prepared in the framework of WIDE´s economic literacy project as a tool for use in the context of capacity-building workshops, highlights some struggles and initiatives led by women today in the South, North, East and West. These experiences reveal how women, through these initiatives, have been empowered at many levels. They also show how sometimes spontaneous initiatives have paved the way towards more equality and social justice.

1- A case study from Asia: Textile industry-When cats become tigresses in Thailand!
2- A case study from the Caribbean: : Banana Farming in St Vincent& the Grenadines

3- A case study from the EU: Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers fighting for their Rights in the Netherlands
4- A case study from Latin America: The Movement of Agricultural Women in Struggle (MMAL) in Argentina

5- A case study from the EU: The fight of a female worker in the supermarket chain Biedronka in Poland
6- A case study from Africa: Shea butter production in Burkina Faso
7- A case study from the Middle East: Rural women cooperatives challenge patriarchal market institutions in Lebanon

“Neoclassical Economics as a Barrier for Gender Equality in a Human Centred World Economy” – a paper by Irene van Staveren.

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