Gender and Development Network April 2014 Newsletter
April 2014
Odette Kayirere, left, of the Rwandan widows' association Avega, says the group is all the family some women have.
Photo Credit: Andrew Sutton, The Guardian



Members meeting on men and boys
GADN recently held a members meeting on the topic of men and boys with presentations from Bethan Cansfield, Womankind Worldwide, Nikki van der Gaag, an independent consultant, and Jerker Edstrom, IDS. The presentations and notes from the meeting will be circulated to members in the next few days, but if you would like to see them and you are not a member, please send a request to

The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
GADN and members attended CSW58 in March. Two blog posts have been shared by GADN to reflect on the negotiations – CSW58 – reflections on week one and Initial reflections on CSW 58 after week two. Overall, this year’s CSW has been seen as a qualified success. The reference to a standalone gender goal is excellent and will help further engagement in the post-2015 process. There are references throughout to gender equality, and the human rights of women and girls, which was on the table for deletion at one point, and close to the best agreed language of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, and sexual and reproductive health services. References to sovereignty and sex selection didn’t make it to the final text and the references to family are weaker than the opposition wanted. But we did not move the agenda as far forward as was hoped. Most of the discussions were a rear-guard action to protect what we have and the space to open up a more progressive conversation on women’s rights was limited. You can read more in our two blog posts.

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

  • ActionAid launch SheCan appeal to break the vicious cycle of poverty and violence faced by women and girls all over the world. If you believe that ALL girls should have the right to go to school, to fulfill their potential, to earn a decent living and to live their lives without fear for their own safety, please make a donation now - help stop a girl’s life being wasted. From the 26th of March to the 25th of June 2014, the UK government will match every pound received, helping donations go twice as far to help women and girls escape poverty. You can donate here.
  • CAFOD commissions thematic reviews of its international work to consolidate learning from a range of programme interventions. The aim is to understand more about the difference that CAFOD-supported work is making across a particular sector or theme, to highlight strengths and weaknesses and to identify opportunities and challenges ahead for shaping future programming policy and practice. One of the selected themes for 2014-15 is gender equality. CAFOD aims to improve its capacity as an organisation to promote and contribute towards an equality of opportunity for women/girls and men/boys. It also aims for a reduction of existing gender disparities within its organisational structures, programmes and projects. CAFOD have extended the deadline for applications for a Gender Review Consultancy to the 14th of April 2014 and have made some minor changes to the Terms of Reference, which can be found here.
  • With the change of season only two days away, CAWN is now sharing its spring quarterly newsletter. Learn about progress of Central American campaigns and movements, and how CAWN has supported these over the past months. In a recent paper we also offer an overview of how and why the increased participation of women in Central American public affairs happened during the second half of the 20th century. Among many other excellent analysis articles, this edition contains a new article of our series exploring how media provides a space for women's voices and empowerment in Central America. CAWN is inviting supporters to run as part of our team in the upcoming Hackney Half Marathon on 22 June, and to go to Leeds Festival for free and fundraise for us between 22-24 August. Want to join? Keep reading!
  • What challenges do women and girls face in gaining access to quality education? The latest issue of the Gender & Development journal explores the issues with perspectives from India, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Honduras, Kenya and South Africa. Topics include the influence of family, the benefits and disadvantages of co-education, and how to challenge violence in schools. The journal can be accessed here while articles from the Education issue are available here.
  • Ofxam have rounded up a number of gender justice related resources published on Oxfam Policy & Practice: 
Quick Guides to gender, rights and power analysis
In our busy lives we all need something that will tell us the basics in the time we have available. Our new Quick Guides do exactly that. The guides were developed to help Oxfam staff and partners get up to speed, and they have proved so useful we are now sharing them externally. Topics include Gender Analysis, Gender Sensitive Indicators, Women's Participation, Rights-based Approaches and Power Analysis.

2012-13 Effectiveness Reviews
We are committed to evaluating the success of our programmes and learning from the results to improve the impact we have on people’s lives. As part of that commitment we've published 23 evaluations of our 2012/13 programmes. The effectiveness reviews cover our work in 23 countries and across 6 thematic areas: humanitarian response, adaptation and risk reduction, livelihood enhancement, women’s empowerment, citizen voice, and policy influencing.

Close the Gap: How to eliminate violence against women beyond 2015, Daniela Rosche
One in three women worldwide will experience some form of violence during their lifetime. Efforts to eliminate violence against women do not match the scale of the problem. As governments and civil society review the Beijing Platform for Action and consider the post 2015 framework, there is an opportunity to close the gap.
  • Saferworld have published two new reports as part of their project to develop more effective, inclusive and accountable public security policy and practice in Nepal:
Women’s insecurities and the workplace in Nepal: A study from Banke and Bara districts focuses on the difficulties faced by employed and self-employed women. The research finds that women encounter multiple challenges to their full participation in the working environment, and that existing equality legislation, limited though it is, is not adequately implemented. Evidence points to the positive impact of women’s access to and full engagement with work: their earnings are likely to be invested in their children and the community, contributing to long-term poverty alleviation. However, unless existing obstacles are tackled, women’s working lives will be negatively affected.
A gender sensitivity resource pack: Community safety training, outreach, and advocacy in Nepal has been developed by different organisations in Nepal to support capacity building at the local community and district levels. The idea is to share some of the common challenges faced by organisations involved with training and outreach on gender and community safety-related issues, suggestions for addressing these, and selected resources, exercises, and activities they would recommend. In this way, existing experiences and resources are pooled for wider dissemination and use. The resource also attempts to address some of the gaps which have been highlighted in current practices.


Upcoming Events and Training
  • A free screening of Barbara Miller's documentary: Forbidden Voices is coming up on the 17th of April in Brussels. The documentary is about three female bloggers from Cuba, China and Iran, who keep the world up-to-date on the abuses of their country while running the risk of being silenced by their dictatorial regimes. Please register here.
    • Venue : Muntpunt, Munt 6, 1000 Brussels
    • Date : Thursday 17 April 2014 - 18:00
  • Zero Tolerance: Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation - It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. Whilst much has been done in recent years to prevent FGM, the risk remains high with devastating health consequences. It is clear that we must go further in order to eradicate the practice. Please register here
    • Venue: Central London
    • Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2014
    • Time: 10:15am — 4:30pm
  • Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: Supporting Victims through Partnership, Provision and Protection - Pledging to end violence against women and girls, the Government launched a national strategy entitled, ‘Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls’ in March 2011, followed by annual updates including, most recently, ‘Action Plan 2014’. In addition to strengthening the legal and policy framework for tackling violence against women and girls, ‘Action Plan 2014’ underlines the need to establish a culture within all agencies that is clearly focused on the needs of the victim and taking a partnership approach, with better leadership and increased accountability. With the Government targeting clear outcomes by March 2015, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities and practitioners from across the police, social and health services to assess progress made towards tackling violence against women and girls and explore the next steps to protect victims.  Please register here.
  • Venue: Central London
  • Date: Wednesday 18th June 2014
  • Time: 10:15am — 4:30pm
  • The second MenEngage Global Symposium: Engaging with Men and Masculinities for Development, Gender Equality and Social Justice in a Globalizing World, will bring together researchers and practitioners, advocates and activists, government representatives and the donor community to share experiences, evidence and insights and seek directions on how men and boys can creatively contribute to gender equality, the new development paradigm beyond the MDG framework and towards a broader view of social justice.
    • Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
    • Date: Nov 10 2014 - Nov 13 2014
  • Action Learning Associates are planning to start a virtual action learning set for senior Diversity and Inclusion Practitioners. If your main role relates to diversity and inclusion and you work at senior management level, their new virtual action learning sets will offer you supported collaborative peer working to help stretch your thinking and explore new ways of tackling complex challenges to deliver results. Senior Associate, Mandy Hetherton, an accredited action learning facilitator and executive coach, will facilitate the set via Skype or an audio conferencing telephone facility. If you are interested in joining a virtual set for Diversity and Inclusion practitioners, or would like an informal discussion to find out if it’s right for you, contact Mandy on 0207 407 1971 or via email.  

  • Doctors of the World’s ‘Names not Numbers’ campaign is calling on the international community to speak out about the 300,000 women who die every year from pregnancy-related complications or unsafe abortions. You can sign the petition here to help send a message to world leaders that these are real women, not just statistics, who have a right to decide what to do with their own bodies, including when and if to have children.
  • The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MHFW), Government of India and WHO jointly hosted a “National consultation on the role of the health sector in responding to violence against women". The multi-stakeholder consultation was used to launch and deliberate on the implementation of the National Guidelines on Medico-legal Care for Survivors/Victims of Sexual Violence, based on WHO Guidelines. Details of the consultation, as well as WHO guidelines, are available here.
  • The Humanitarian Innovation Fund is opening up a new funding stream for Gender Based Violence (in humanitarian / emergency / disaster settings). It is not yet open but details will be announced in an upcoming HIF Newsletter, which you can subscribe to through their website here.
  • Sharon Abramowitz, University of Florida, is looking for VAWG research partners in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire. Details of the research follows:
    • Research request type: Long-term partnership
    • Funding available: No funding but donor identified
    • Timeframe: January 2015-December 2015
    • Duration: 12 months
    • Summary of research needs/problem statement: The purpose of this research is to improve the cultural competency of GBV programs. This research, which would seek preliminary funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, would use rapid ethnographic research methods to uncover cultural practices of gender protection, which would generate an archive of gender protection 'lessons." The NGO/researcher collaboration would then translate cultural practices into social marketing messages that would challenge gender-based violence practices using meaningful and significant local social, cultural, and historical tropes.
      Desired research outputs: (1) a body of evidence on cultural/historical gender-based violence protections in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Cote d'Ivoire; (2) a series of case studies comparing GBV outcomes in programs using historically sgnificant messaging and GBV outcomes in programs using human rights messaging; (3) translation of findings into articles for social science, public health, and area studies publications.
For more details, please email Frances Hill DSA.

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Development News

  • The Council of Europe have released an "Analytical study of the results of the 4th round of monitoring the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2002)5 on the protection of women against violence in Council of Europe member states". The study provides a comprehensive overview of the situation in 46 out of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe with regard to measures to tackle violence against women and domestic violence, and provides a valuable source of information for all those involved in preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
  • The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. The priority theme looked at "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls" while the review theme looked at "Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work". More details and documents are available at the UN Women's CSW58 page here.  
  • DFID Funding opportunity: Call for Pre-Application Notices - What Works To Prevent Violence is a global programme administered by a consortium led by the Medical Research Council of South Africa, in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Social Development Direct, on behalf of DFID. Its aim is to build knowledge on what works to prevent VAWG. This spans knowledge on (i) primary prevention strategies and programmes, (ii) interventions to strengthen women’s and girls’ resilience to violence, and (iii) specific response mechanisms that seek to prevent VAWG.
    • DFID will be making innovation grants to support 10-14 national organisations or international NGOs working in DFID priority countries to fund innovative approaches to preventing violence or meeting the needs of victims/survivors. The grants will cover the design and implementation of the intervention as well as the costs of evaluating its impact. In the process, the grants will strengthen the capacity of researchers to conduct rigorous evaluation research on VAWG interventions.
    • DFID will also be undertaking operations research and impact evaluations of promising existing interventions to assess their effectiveness, or if proven effective, to better understand the economics of scale up.  In this case, the implementation of the programme interventions will already be funded by DFID or by other development partners or national Government, and this research fund will bring technical and financial support for robust operations research and/or impact evaluation.
Please see the pre-announcement for this funding call, and the guidance notes. Deadline for expressions of interest (1-2 pages) is 25 April 2014.
  • DFID has launched the first challenge of the Amplify programme, in partnership with the ground-breaking design firm, entitled “How might we make low-income urban areas safer and more empowering for women and girls?”. The opening month of the challenge saw us gather over 750 insights about women’s safety from over 150 countries, which have helped identify areas where there is a significant opportunity for innovation to improve the lives of millions of women and girls living in low-income cities. The 6 areas are:
    • Avoiding and Reacting to Danger in the Moment
    • Improving Urban Spaces Through Community-Driven Initiatives
    • Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment and Self-Confidence
    • Challenging Gender Norms and Expectations
    • Leveraging Support Networks, Locally and Globally
    • Driving Institutional Change Through Collective Action 
How can you get involved?
They have now launched the ideas phase of the Amplify challenge where they invite the global community to submit their ideas to us and to collaborate with others to refine ideas that could be taken forward. This phase will run for another 3 weeks, ending on 16th April. They are particularly keen to hear from partners who could contribute new ideas or help to develop and implement ideas submitted by other people in the community. More information on these opportunity areas, along with related posts from the research phase of the challenge, can be found here.
  • Unite with women - Unite against violence and HIV / UNAIDS / 2014
  • Around 22 million unsafe abortions take place each year, almost all in developing countries with the number of related deaths accounting 13% of all maternal deaths. Some 5 million women are admitted to hospital as a result of unsafe abortion every year and more than 3 million women who have complications following unsafe abortion do not receive care. To highlight the problem, WHO have published a new online fact sheet that explains the nature and scope of the problems and WHO’s response.
  • With around 6 weeks to the start of the EU Parliament Elections, the European Women's Lobby (EWL) continue to push their Manifesto, demanding gender equality, sustainable funding and women's economic independence amongst others. Further details of their Manifesto is available here
Publications and Resources
  • Statements and position papers by women’s rights organisations in preparation for CSW58 are available here.
  • The GCWA have launched a new issues brief on Advancing young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of HIV in conjunction with the March 2014 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In a snapshot, the issues brief responds to the question of why the fulfilment of young women’s SRHR is critical for a gender transformative AIDS response, while also reflecting on challenges to the fulfilment of young women’s SRHR in the context of HIV and showcasing promising practices to overcome these challenges.
  • The Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health is the largest study to date, assessing the management of severe maternal complications and the prevalence of maternal near miss. New analyses of the study data set covering a wide range of issues, including the major causes of maternal mortality and severe morbidity and social determinants of health, are presented in this special BJOG supplement - Special Issue: Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality: Findings from the WHO Multicountry Survey / BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology / Volume 121, Issue Supplement s1, March 2014.


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