Gender and Development Network January 2014 Newsletter
January 2014
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SG Visits the Philippines, Assesses UN Relief Efforts. Two girls from Tacloban stand in front of some of the damage and debris left by the storm.

UN Photo/Evan Schneider, 21 December 2013: Tacloban City, Philippines


GADN submits response to The International Development committee’s inquiry on Disability and Development

Members of the GADN coordinated a response to the inquiry on disability and development, highlighting the need to address the needs of disabled women in policy and programming.

Biases against gender and disability combine to form some of the most severe forms of marginalisation and discrimination. However, they are often treated as separate issues. This double discrimination excludes disabled women and girls from accessing education, health care, employment and economic resources while exposing them to heightened rates of violence and abuse.

The submission outlined how disabled women and girls are slipping through the cracks in in the UK and internationally. A successful DFID approach to gender and disability must mainstream the two issues across its structures, policies, and programmes within an overarching commitment to disability-inclusive development. This includes collecting gender disaggregated data, including disabled women and their perspectives, supporting empowerment of and leadership by disabled women, evaluating assumptions about feasibility, and monitoring progress.
Members of GADN who are interested on working on gender and disability are welcome to join a new working group for this area. Please email Francesca for more details.
Gender Mainstreaming – discussion on gender training

The Gender Mainstreaming working group recently held a meeting to discuss gender trainings. The group looked at why we do these trainings, when they are appropriate and how to make them effective and supportive of long lasting change. The key recommendations drawn from the meeting were:


  • Look for training to be creating transformational change, not just about technical experts. We should be looking to reframe ‘gender training’ towards ‘gender justice and gender equality’.
  • We are part of a global gender justice movement, and any training should be towards supporting this. Should have strong ambition.
  • Trainings should not be seen as a process which will get finished and accomplished in its aims quickly, they will always require an on-going process towards achieving gender equality.
  • Being aware of the context and where the participants are coming from is important. For organisations - gender analysis within them is important.
  • When training for an organisation, involving the leadership is key– talk to the CEO and Trustees and involve them in the planning
  • Technology can be used creatively to disseminate information
Working Group updates:

Key updates from across the network at the start of 2014:
  • The Girls Education working group are meeting in late January to discuss and formulate a position on gender and education in the post-2015 framework
  • The Violence Against Women and Girls working group are meeting in Feb to share updates and discuss on-going joint work and briefings, including a FAQs document on violence against men and boys.
  • The Post-2015 working group is working on resources to help shape gender targets and indicators in the new framework.
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)

GADN Member's Update


Upcoming Events and Training
  • Irise warmly invites you to the launch event of Education. Period: a menstrual hygiene toolkit, on Thursday 30 January from 7.00pm. The event will feature a talk from Linda Scott, DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Said Business School and a leader in the field of menstrual hygiene management interventions. The toolkit has been developed to support organisations and communities to develop their own menstrual hygiene projects. They will be the first freely accessible set of resources that provide users with a practical step by step guide to implement and successfully evaluate a menstrual hygiene project; enabling those without specific expertise, to support girls to stay in school throughout their period. We really hope you can join us for a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of these resources. To RSVP to this event please follow this link and for more information please contact
  • Maternity Worldwide, in partnership with the Ethiopian Embassy, are delighted to invite you to Symposium on Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia on 16th January 2014 at 6pm held at the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Kensington, London. The event will present the strategy of the Ethiopian government to improve maternal and newborn health; how the UK Government is supporting this and showcase the work of Maternity Worldwide and its partners over the last 10 years. The format for the evening will include presentations and open discussions and we hope will include attendees from UK based NGOs and professional and academic institutions working in maternal and newborn health as well as policy makers and donors. Light Ethiopian refreshments will be served at the end of the evening when we hope informal discussions will continue. Please RSVP to by Monday 6th January 2014. We will then forward a detailed agenda and map to you.
  • Feed the Minds invite you to a seminar lead by Rugiatu Turay, FGM/C survivor and Founder of Amazonian Initiative Movement (AIM) on Encouraging the Abandonment of FGM/C in Sierra Leone on Tuesday 21st January 2014, 3-5pm At Feed the Minds, Park Place, 12 Lawn Lane, London, SW8 1UD.  Rugiatu will share some of the challenges facing FGM/C work in Sierra Leone, including AIM’s approaches to campaigning and reconstruction as well as the role of education and literacy plays in FGM/C abandonment. This workshop in open to all organisations with experience and interest in working to end FGM/C. For more information, and to book your place, please email Rebecca or call 08451 21 21 02.
  • ForwardUK invites you to Strategies for school engagement on FGM – A National Conference on 19th February 2013, 9.30am – 4.30pm at Initiative of Change Building, 24 Greencoat Place, London, SW10 1BE. The conference will explore and discuss strategies for engaging young people on FGM, with a focus on the role of schools and safeguarding. To express an interest in the conference, please email 
  • Forward UK is organising a one day OCN accredited training to increase knowledge, awareness and understanding for professionals on the practice of FGM; Responding to Female Genital Mutilation Training for Professionals and Frontline staff: on Thursday 30 January 2013, NCVO, 8 All Saints Street N1 9RL. For further information about FORWARDs training and accredited courses, please contact: Closing date for booking is 23rd January, fees £100 including OCN registration and lunch.
  • International Centre for Parliamentary Studies has organised a four day course in the Professional Certificate in Strategic Gender Equity Planningand will take place in London from 10th - 14th March 2014. Throughout the week-long programme participants will further their knowledge regarding the consequences that their interactions have for mainstreaming gender in strategic planning. Delegates will also develop comprehensive and clear plans to facilitate gender equity within organisations in order to achieve the wider objectives of social and economic development. The certificate is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, the leading body that awards internationally recognised management and leadership qualifications. For further information please visit the website. Until 9th January 2014 there is an early registration rate of £2450 (registration thereafter is £2950). If you wish to attend please register online now or contact them +44 (0) 20 3137 8640 to secure reduced-rate places.
  • Make Every Woman Count invites you to the Third Anniversary of the African Women's Decade 2010-2020 on Saturday January 18 2014 from 2pm to 6pm (PST) at Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thomhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG. This event will mark the publication of their annual report which summarises the progress made by African countries regarding women's rights and gender equality on the continent. Free to attend, but please register online.
  • African Initiatives invite you to a conference on Rights and Reasons: International Women's Rights Conference on Saturday 1st March 9:30am-4pm at Broadmead Baptist Church and Conference Centre, Union Street, Bristol, BS1 3HY. The event will bring together individuals and organisations working on women's rights issues in the UK and abroad, covering topics including sex work, forced marriage, the garment industry and the impact of Colonialism on the rights of gay women. For more details and to reserve a place, please click here.
  • STOPAIDS invite you to the launch of a report on Thursday 23rd January 2014: ‘The Small Majority: Do small UK international development charities make a valuable and distinctive contribution to international development?’ The event is being held in collaboration with Bond and will take place at Deloitte, 2 New St Square, London EC4A 3BZ at 6pm. If you would like to attend please contact Nikki ( by Wednesday 15th January 2014.
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Dear GADN Friends,

Welcome to our January 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 Facebook and Twitter.

The GADN Team


  • Global: Equality Now petition: Include women in the Syrian peacebuilding process now: On 22 January 2014, the United Nations (UN)-backed Geneva II peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition are scheduled to be held with the goal of ending the Syrian conflict and creating a transitional government. However, nearly 14 years after the landmark passage of  UN Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) calling on UN member states to “increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts,” no women have been included in the Syrian peace negotiations. In partnership with Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace, Equality Now is calling on the key players leading the peace talks – the UN, US and Russia – to immediately and urgently include women in the Geneva II peace process so that a peace that respects the dignity and human rights of all Syrians can be achieved. 
  • Home Office Select Committee Inquiry on FGM. On 18th December the Home Office Select Committee launched its inquiry into FGM in the UK. The Inquiry will explore the effectiveness of the current FGM legislative framework and the barriers that are preventing an FGM related prosecution. It will also explore the roles of health, education and home office departments in the effort to end FGM. The inquiry welcomes written submissions until Wednesday 12 February 2014.
  • United Nations: Equality Now petition: Listen to survivors – don’t jeopardize efforts to prevent sex trafficking: Equality Now has launched a campaign to promote the human rights of people in prostitution – including their right to health, safety and freedom from violence and exploitation. However, the UN reports’ recommendations are in direct opposition to efforts and policies that have been and are widely supported throughout the UN. They also jeopardize efforts to prevent and address sex trafficking and promote gender equality. These cannot be side effects of efforts to prevent HIV.
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Publications and Resources
  • Oxfam has published Raising Her Voice: The Power to Persuade by Jacky Repila. The Raising Her Voice programme worked with a million women in 17 countries over five years, contributing to 19 new laws related to gender-based violence and women’s rights. This summary paper outlines the transformative change achieved and shares reasons to do more to raise women's voices. A more detailed independent final evaluation is also available.
  • Gender Action has released a new report on The care connection: The World Bank and women’s unpaid care work in select sub-Saharan African countries by Sarah Bibler and Elaine Zuckerman, November 2013. With the aim of reducing women’s greater unpaid care work than men’s and increasing women’s paid employment, this paper examines the extent to which World Bank investments address unpaid care work. The paper conducts an in-depth gender analysis of 36 World Bank employment-related projects in Malawi, Mali, Niger, and Rwanda.
  • Oxfam has also published policy papers on New humanitarian policy notes on gender, conflict and violence by Caroline Green. During times of conflict and disaster levels of gender violence often increase. Their policy notes for humanitarian agencies contain practical advice on gender issues during conflict and reducing the risk of violence against women.
  • Gender & Development: Conflict and Violence issue Ed. Caroline Sweetman has been released. Gender & Development explores conflict and violence through the lens of feminism. Articles discuss girl soldiers, the arms trade, peace building and post-conflict societies.
  • Oxfam has published When Women Farm India's Land: How to increase ownership? by Lucy Dubochet. Women have long played a crucial role in India’s agricultural production. The situation of women cultivators is one of tremendous vulnerability: without land titles they are not recognised as farmers and thus are not able to access credits and government benefits. This policy brief outlines avenues to address the gap between the reality for many rural women and their entitlements.
  • United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan have published their annual evaluation of the EVAW Law in Afghanistan - A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violnece against Women in Afghanistan.
  • Women Living Under Muslim Laws have published a report on Child, Early and Forced Marriage: A Multi-Country Study.
  • STOPAIDS have released a Livelihoods factsheet, written in partnership with Tearfund and CAFOD , explaining the link between livelihoods and HIV and AIDS, and provides recommendations on effective integration of HIV and livelihoods in programming.


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Photo Credit:  

SG Visits the Philippines, Assesses UN Relief Efforts. Two girls from Tacloban stand in front of some of the damage and debris left by the storm.

UN Photo/Evan Schneider, 21 December 2013: Tacloban City, Philippines

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