What will we see if we look at the reality of women in work without following mainstream economic categorizations that gives different values to work, making unpaid care work mostly done by women invisible in their economic model and instead overvalue ‘productive work’? And how come that every where in the world there are manifestations of companies or people exploiting other people and resources?
Feminist Economic Literacy is for all women.
It is a tool for engendering broad public participation in debating and setting economic policy, economic literacy promotes a framework for revealing the structural causes of economic and social problems. It can help us to challenge destructive myths, to create positive policy alternatives, and to enhance community/neighbourhood alternatives.
WIDE+ and in the past WIDE developed a lot of materials to explain our roles in the economies from a feminist perspective with the method of popular education. It consists of tools to make complex ideas understandable and to uncover systemic issues behind what we observe:
- A first set of materials provide analysis and stories of women in the economy and alternatives build by collectives of women.
- A second set of materials can be used for training, recognizing that people learn in different ways. Thus, a variety of participatory tools (drama, role play, small groups, mapping) are included.
Analysis on Alternatives and women in the economy
Tools for feminist economy literacy, by WIDE+ members, Summer 2015 (Spanish and English). This offers a collection of “good-practice tools” that include a variety of methods, training tools, multimedia tools, and research approaches. It is the result of a collaboration between WIDE+ member associations KULU in Denmark, Le Monde selon Les Femmes in Belgium, WIDE Austria, WIDE Switzerland and WIDE-E Spain.
GADNETWORK UK, member of WIDE+, has developed two interesting series with papers (2016-2018):
Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices and Visions from India and Latin America: “There Are a Thousand Alternatives”, 2011: alternatives India and Latin America
“Neoclassical Economics as a Barrier for Gender Equality in a Human Centred World Economy” – a paper by Irene van Staveren.
Feminist Training and Stories Materials
Feminist Economic Literacy resources collected through the IAFFE e-list in 2018: resourcesfemec_IAFFEelist2018,
WIDE series ‘CASE STUDIES IN WOMEN´S EMPOWERMENT’, published in 2008
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
In Search of Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices from India, published in 2009: “In search of economic alternatives: Voices from India”
Download: Economic Alternatives in India.
‘Banulacht_Looking_at_the_Economy_Through_Womens_Eyes‘, written by Maeve Taylor, Banúlacht 2004.
WIDE economic literacy in Spanish: Las Mujeres en el Mercado
Un Manual Para La Alfabetizacion Popular en Economia, WIDE, 2000.
Market WIDE, The mystery of Market Worship, WIDE, 1998.
WIDE Robinson, Robinson Crusoe and Silas Marner, or Two Stories on the Gendered Monetary Economy, WIDE, 1998.
Production WIDE, How the Cake is Cut: Production and Economic Well-being, WIDE, 1998.
Home Economics WIDE: Home Economics: Developing an Alternative Perspective, WIDE, 1998.
Economic Literacy Resources by Cafra, supported by WIDE in 2005
Beijing against WTO: against the Midwife’s Ring (pdf), Nelcia Robinson;
Corporate-led Liberalisation is Hurting the Poor: A Case of the Fox and the Stork (Fox), Nelcia Robinson;
Poverty and Gender in the Caribbean: Mother the Great Stone Got to Move (Stone) Margarette May Macaulay
Remember the Ladies: Gender and Trade in the Caribbean (Ladies), Sheila V. Stuart
With Cap in Hand: Towards Positive Fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (Cap), Nelcia Robinson
The Spider and the Fly: Globalisation and Trade Liberalisation Concentrating Power – Marginalising the Poor (pdf)Shantal Munroe-Knight