Gender and Development Network November 2013 Newsletter
November 2013
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GADN recently attended a UK Government and UK civil society joint preparatory meeting for the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The theme of CSW next year is Challenges and Achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, and will include discussions on the post-2015 framework. GADN is beginning to prepare for CSW and to link and support members who are attending, if you would like to know more about this please get in touch.
GADN working group update
Our working groups bring members together around thematic areas to collaborate on projects and share resources, learning and experiences. We currently have the following groups:
Key updates from the groups this month are:

  • Jessica Woodroffe, GADN Director recently spoke with Naila Kabeer on the topic of ensuring gender equality is built into post-2015 development framework at The Changing Shape of Gender Equality in South Asia: Shifts, Challenges and a New Global Partnership.

  • The Girls Education Working Group met to discuss the key findings from a DFID commissioned Literature review ‘Interventions to enhance girls’ education and gender equality’ conducted by the Institute of Education. A presentation prepared for the meeting is available here. The full report will be released by DFID in the coming months.

  • The VAWG group is working on a publication on harmful traditional practices, bringing together member’s expertise on FGM/C and child marriage. This will be launched at an event in the 16 days of activism against violence against women and girls later this year. The group is also looking to organise a training course on VAWG in early 2014.

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

25th November - The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism – GADN members are planning various events this year:
  • ABColumbia and Sisma Mujer invite you to the launch of a new report: Women, Conflict-related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process in Columbia on Wednesday 27th November 2013, 17.00-19.30 Committee Room G, Houses of Parliament, London (see map). The report looks at sexual violence in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia, and the role that women play in a peace process. With peace talks underway between the guerilla and Colombian Government, ABColumbia is pleased to launch the report with Sisma Mujer, a women's organisation in Colombia that has been working for 15 years to end violence and discrimination against women. The event will look at the extensive but hidden practice of sexual violence by all actors in Colombia's 50-year conflict. Special guests include Jineth Bedoya Lima, a Colombian journalist and Claudia Mejia, Director, Colombian NGO Sisma Mujer. The event will discuss what the UK can do to help Colombia address obstacles for women victims and survivors of sexual violence. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

  • Mother's Union members will be carrying out a number of activities with their 16 Days of Activities, beginning on 25th November. On 5th December, they will be hosting an 'online' service at midday and hosting a service in their chapel. Find out more at, twitter feed @MothersUnion or call 0207 2225533.

  • University of Worcester has various events planned, the opening ceremony will be at St. Johns campus on 25th November and a closing event on December 10th. See here for more information.
In other members' news:
  • Oxfam's summary of the final evaluation of their Raising her Voice: The power to persuade - How Women's voice and influence is strengthening governance and challenging inequalities programme has been published. Working with over one million women in 17 countries to promote women's participation and influence in decision making, the report highlights the reasons for donors and development practitioners why more should be done to ensure that women's individual and collective voice and influence are an integral part of the way decisions are made. It documents structural as well as the practical barriers to gender equality. View and download the final evaluation report here.

  • 28toomany have published their latest research report, Country Profile: FGM in Ethiopia. 23.8 million women in Ethiopia have had female genital mutilation which makes it the second most affected country in Africa for FGM. Their research shows that attitudes are changing and progress is being made to reduce and eventually eradicate this practice.The report provides consolidated and objective information on FGM in Ethiopia, and highlights the challenges ahead to completely eradicate it. 28toomany have also published profiles on Kenya and Uganda with Tanzania's report due in December - watch this space!
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Upcoming Events

  • The Look Again Exhibition documents positive relationships and ending violence against women. Organised by Restored, Look Again encourages us to think more deeply about the images presented, the people that they show, the stories they tell and our response. Hosted at the International Salvation Army HQ, 101 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4EH from the 25th Oct until the 6th Dec: 8am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday. Free Entry.

  • Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways warmly invite you to a conference: 'Wellbeing and Subjectivity in International Development' on 8th - 9th January 2014. This is an opportunity to learn about wellbeing in the context of poor and marginalised communities in the rural South. They conducted fieldwork in two rural communities, one in Zambia and one in India. More details can be found here, including keynote speakers and costs. Spaces are limited, so please send an initial indication of interest by 26th November 2013.

  • Public Policy Exchange invite you to a symposium: "Zero Tolerance: Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation" on Wednesday 13th November 2013 10:15 am - 4:30 pm, Broadway House, Westminster, London. Speakers include Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions of the Crown Prosecution Service, Debra Sohan, Lead on FGM, Violence and Social Exclusion Branch of the Department of Health and DCS Keith Niven, Head of Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command of the Metropolitan Police. Details can be found here and to register for the event, please click here.

  • The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the United Nations and Associate Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace & Security Joint Parliamentary Event invite you to "Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in Emergencies: A Joined Up Response" on Tuesday 12 November 18:00 at the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster. Details can be found here and if you wish to attend, please RSVP to Hayley Richardson.

  • Hillcroft College is one of the only charity-funded colleges in the UK. They aim to enable women to empower themselves through education and training, aiding their personal and future development, offering women from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to live and work in their college surrounded by secluded gardens on the outskirts of London. They offer individual skills training, and collaborate with external business to provide skill-specific development courses. They offer eligible women with no previous qualifications funded study and boarding so that they may access higher education and become successful and independent. Previously a home to personalities such as Mavis Cheek the contemporary novelist, and Aziza born and brought up in Afghanistan who left at 15 to study nursing in the Ukraine. Financial constraints prevented her accepting a nursing position forcing her to work in jobs with few prospects. Thirteen years ago she moved to the UK where she had to learn English from scratch. "Hillcroft has changed my life and given me the knowledge, skills and hope that I can achieve my dream to study at University". Hillcroft are looking to recruit new students for our upcoming 2013-2014 courses. Like them on facebook, follow them on twitter @womencollege or call on 02083992688.


Please note that the views expressed in the following blogs are not necessarily endorsed by GADN or its member organisations.

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  • Applications are now open for the 2014 Stars Impact Awards. Stars Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Stars Impact Awards, which recognise outstanding organisations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in countries with the highest rates of under-five mortality. Each main Impact Award offers $100,000 of unrestricted funding together with a bespoke package of consultancy, PR support and media training. Applications will be accepted in the categories of Health, Education, Protection and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), from the new region of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as our existing regions of Africa-Middle East and Asia-Pacific, which include a number of new countries. To find information regarding the application process, the eligibility criteria and to apply online, please click here. We kindly request that applicants take careful note of the eligibility criteria before applying: organisations must meet them all for their application to be accepted, as unfortunately we are unable to make any exceptions.

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