Gender and Development Network May 2014 Newsletter
May 2014
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Dear GADN Friends,

Welcome to our May newsletter! 
Enjoy the updates, opportunities, and events included. Please do not hesitate to send us anything you would like included in the monthly newsletter in the future. You can also access the newsletter at and find us on TwitterFacebook and Google+.

The GADN Team

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The National Garment Workers' Federation (NGWF) demonstrate for the rights of garment workers in Rana Plaza 
Photo Credit: Gordon Welters 


The Gender and Development Network (GADN) has recently carried out a strategic review to evaluate the implementation of our strategy for 2011-14 and to feed into our new strategy for 2014-17, which was approved by our Board of Trustees in April.

The GADN Strategy 2014-17 has been designed to continue with the successful areas of our work and address the issues raised by the strategic review. We are looking forward to working with GADN members on all of the opportunities we have in the next three years to raise gender equality and women’s rights in the development agenda and supporting members to share experiences and undertake effective work.

GADN Strategy 2014-17

Our vision is of a world where social justice and gender equality prevail and where all women and girls are able to realise their rights, free from discrimination.

Our mission is to relieve poverty and promote well being by ensuring that international development policy and practice promotes gender equality and women and girls’ rights. Our role is to improve the impact that UK development and donor organisations have on the lives of women and girls in developing countries, by ensuring that their international development work promotes gender equality and women and girls’ rights.

The following strategic aims will guide the network’s work for 2014-2017. Each aim has equal importance.
  • To support and increase the capacity of members to deliver effectively on gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights in development
  • To deepen the understanding of, and commitment to, women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality throughout the UK international development sector.
  • To strengthen the UK Government’s commitment, policy and practice on women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality in its international work
  • To promote alternatives to current international development agendas
  • To maintain a strong, effective and inclusive network  in order to achieve our mission and objectives

If you would like further information about being involved in the working groups please contact us (you must be a member of the network to participate) please email us



Upcoming Events and Training
  • Gender and Human Rights (Foundation Course)Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) - this e-learning course offered by  provides a general introduction to the evolution of concepts of gender equality and women's rights within the international human rights system. Please register here.
    • Venue: Online
    • Date: May 14th - June 24th 2014
  • Tracking the gender politics of the Millennium Development Goals: what lessons for the post-2015 agenda? / Birkbeck 4th Annual Development Studies Lecture - this lecture will focus on the gender politics of the processes which gave rise to the specific interpretations of gender equality and women's empowerment which featured in the Millennium Development Goals and the efforts by feminists advocates and activists to deepen and widen these interpretations. It will conclude by examining some of the lessons of this experience and how it is shaping feminist efforts to influence the post-2015 development agenda. Tickets are free and available here.
    • Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Room B01, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX
    • Date: 15th May 2014
  • Fully Charged: Sustainable Energy for Women and Girls / Ashden Conference 2014 - an all-day event featuring presentations from some of the 2014 International Ashden Awards finalists as well as panel discussions with prominent thinkers, practitioners and policymakers in this field. Discussions will explore the benefits and opportunities for women and girls offered by sustainable energy, followed by a Q&A session and time to meet the finalists, speakers and other delegates. You can book your tickets here.
    • Venue: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
    • Date: Tuesday 20th May 2014
    • Time: Doors open 9.30am for 10.00am start. Close at 4.30pm.
  • The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies of the University of Berne (ICFG) are organizing an International Conference on Gender, Land & Sustainable Development. Details are available here.
    • Venue: University of Berne, Switzerland
    • Date: 5th June 2014
  • Mainstreaming Gender in Humanitarian LogisticsPSA Ltd - this two-day training course is aimed at professionals working in humanitarian situations. It will enable you to understand how gender impacts on policy and practice in humanitarian contexts. We will introduce you to a set of tools to enhance gender mainstreaming at policy and programme levels and in supply chain operations. More information and tickets are available here
    • Venue: Prama House, 267 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7HT
    • Date: June 19th - 20th 2014
  • Zero Tolerance: Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation / Public Policy Exchange - a special early registration rate with 20% off is available until Thursday 8th May 2014. You can book your tickets here.
    • Venue: Central London
    • Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2014
    • Time: 10:15am — 4:30pm


GADN Member's Update

  • A new policy report from The BrookeInvisible Helpers: Women’s views on the contributions of working donkeys, horses, and mules to their lives, presents their findings from the Voices from Women research – a participatory research project exploring the roles of working equine animals in women’s lives from the perspectives of women themselves. The research conducted in Ethiopia, Kenya, India and Pakistan provides an unequivocal picture of the importance of working donkeys, mules and horses for women from equine owning communities in their own words.  From lightening women’s load of daily household chores, to enabling them to earn an income, increasing their decision-making power and enhancing their status within the community, the report finds that working equids make a crucial difference to the lives of women in developing countries and shows the importance of good animal welfare in enabling those animals to help them. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture & Food for Development invite you to the launch of this event, please RSVP to
    • Venue: Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Parliament, London
    • Date: Wednesday 14th May 2014
    • Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • EveryChild has helped to reduce rates of child marriage in Malawi from a shocking 77% to just 7% in our project areas during the last 7 years. Brussels Mughogho, who is EveryChild’s Malawi Country Director and chairs the Girls Not Brides Malawi Chapter will be visiting the UK in June, and we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to a “Child Marriage Learning Event” in partnership with Plan UK and FORWARD, who are both members of Girls Not Brides UK. For more information and to book a place, please contact Nina Watson at
    • Venue: Action Aid, 33-39 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0BJ
    • Date: Friday 6th June 2014
    • Time: 1:45 - 4:30pm
  • GADN Member Ama Marston's Marston Consulting have released their Spring/Summer 2014 newsletter, detailing the latest developments of various projects as well as recent publications. You can access the newsletter here.    
If you are a GADN member and would like to include an update in a future newsletter, please email it to



Publications and Resources
  • Lifetime Induced Abortion: A Comparison between Women Living and Not Living with HIV / PLoS One / Volume: 9, Issue 4, 21 April 2014 - This paper aims to show the prevalence of induced abortion in a sample of pregnancies of women living and not living with HIV/Aids, determining variables associated with pregnancy termination and linked to the life course of women and to the specific context of the pregnancy.
  • The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), along with 50 allies and partners across Asia-Pacific and the globe, has released a Joint Oral Statement for the 47th Commission On Population & Development (CPD), 7-11 April 2014. It is available here.
  • The Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project has launched its interactive Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, mapping around 1000 environmental conflicts (and growing). It allows users to search and filter across 100 fields and to browse by commodity, company, country and type of conflict & is available online here
  • Partners for Prevention, a United Nations program devoted to preventing violence against women in Asia and Pacific, conducted a survey of around 10,000 men in six Asian countries - Bangladesh, Cambodia, the People's Republic of China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka - attempting to find the primary reasons for men's violence against women. An infographic of the results is available here.   
  • Human rights obligations transcend goals and indicators. Although it is important to have measurable goals in the short term, they should reflect existing international obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. The ESCR-Net Women and ESCR Working Group calls for attention to both formal and substantive equality, addressing the disproportionate impacts of laws, policies and practices experienced by women in "Women's ESCR: A Vital Framework for Fulfilling and Strengthening the Millenium Development Goals". It is available here.

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