Gender and Development Network November 2013 Newsletter
December 2013
Gender and Development Network: Harmful Traditional Practices: Your Questions, Our Answers; 2013


The GADN Violence Against Women and Girls working group have just launched a new publication; ‘Harmful Traditional Practices, Your Questions: Our Answers’. The report brings together the expertise of our members working on FGM/ C and child marriage, and provides an overview of the causes and consequences of these practices. The report also provides examples of approaches and programmes which are successfully reducing their prevalence.
The report was launched at an event hosted by DFID on the final day the 16 Days of activism against violence against women and girls and Human Rights Day. A panel of speakers featuring Minister Lynne Featherstone, Princess Mabel van Oranje of Girls Not Brides, Naana Otoo-Oyortey MBE of FORWARD and James Lang of Partners for Prevention discussed the topic of 'Why is violence against women and girls so ingrained and how can we prevent it?' The panel was chaired by Rachel Carter, Chair of GADN. The event was recorded, please contact Francesca if you would like to view it.
The project was co-managed by FORWARD and GADN and supported by members of the group including Islamic Relief Worldwide, Womankind, World Vision, Tearfund, Orchid Project, 28 Too Many and Plan. It is a follow on  ‘Violence Against Women and Girls, Your Questions: Our Answers’

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

  • Gender & Development Special Issue on Conflict and Violence out now! The latest issue of G&D brings together a collection of brand new articles - written by practitioners, policy makers and researchers - focusing on the complex relationship between gender inequality, violence, and conflict, and debating ways to end gender-based violence (GBV) in its many pernicious forms. Formally ending conflict is not enough to end GBV. Long term, transformative change is necessary in order to advance women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Gender & Development provides free access to individual articles via If you would like information on subscribing to the journal visit the Routledge/Taylor & Francis website
  • Plan's youth version of the 2013 ‘Because I am a Girl’ report about the plight of girls in disasters has been published. The report focuses on the specific risks and needs faced by adolescent girls in disasters and tailors key findings and research from the main ‘Because I am a Girl’ report for a youth audience. Although Plan has a large dedicated annual report, which this year focuses on adolescent girls and disasters, they are also committed to making sure that they have a youth perspective. This year, in addition to primary research with young people in the original report, Plan spoke to youth groups in the UK, Sierra Leone, Canada, USA, the Philippines, Pakistan and El Salvador to get their views on how girls’ rights in disasters might be threatened, and asked them for their ideas on how they might be able to protect and promote these rights. The Youth Summary looks particularly at girls' safety in disasters, their sexual and reproductive health in disasters, girls' participation in disasters (DRR, response, management) and girls' education in disasters. After each section are a set of practical recommendations put forward by the young people and there is also a call to action section which builds on the policy recommendations within the main report. The report also features input from young girls in the Philippines (before Haiyan hit) about the challenges they face during disasters, which has become increasingly relevant following the typhoon. Please click here to download the report and access an interactive flow board.
  • Trocaire has launched a campaign on women's vulnerability to HIV. The campaign action asks the Irish government to intensify its commitment to HIV in their international development policy, and to address the specific vulnerabilities of women and girls. The campaign action scan be found hereOn the same page, you'll also find a campaign video, an infographic, and a photo exhibition that has been launched and touring around Ireland.
  • Stonewall has launched its first international guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality activists. Released to coincide with the UN Human Rights Day, this guide gives activists the practical information they need to work with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID to campaign for the human rights of LGBT people in their countries. A copy of the guide can be found here.
  • 28 too many have released their latest research report, Country Profile: FGM in Tanzania. Sadly, the report confirms that the overall prevalence of FGM in Tanzania remained at 14.6% and did not change between 2004-2010. Whilst there has been progress in some areas and despite efforts by the government, non-governmental organisations and community activists, in four of the nine regions with the highest prevalence there has been an increase between 2004 to 2010. Further action is clearly needed to end FGM in Tanzania and understanding the issue is a vital step which then enables action to make lasting change. They hope that this new research will bring insights and enable all of us working against FGM in Tanzania to bring hope to the millions of girls and women living with the consequences of FGM and especially those at risk of this brutal practice.
  • Girls not Brides have posted an article, A Third of African Countires have discriminatory minimum age for marriage or allow child marriage written by their member Africa Child Policy Forum (ACPF) which refers to findings that one third of African countries have discriminatory minimum age for marriage or allow child marriage. To view the article, please click here.
  • Last October, the Central America Women's Network (CAWN) co-organised a meeting about women organised against corporate mining in Guatemala and the new 'good living' school of thought. Morna Macleod is the co-author of a new book on a Mayan woman's life and struggle against Goldcorp, the first open-pit goldmine in Guatemala. Her inspiring talk is available here. CAWN interviewed Morna about her views on the future for Guatemalan women human rights defenders and the struggle for human and environmental rights versus corporation's rights. Listen to the interview here.
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Upcoming Events
  • Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways invite you to their final conference, to discuss the significance of wellbeing and subjectivity to international development policy, scholarship and practice, and to share reflections and experience. The conference will take place on January 8-9th 2014 at Regent's Park College, Oxford. More details can be found here. Please RSVP to
  • Forward will be running an OCN accredited training: Responding to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Training for Professionals and Frontline Staff on Thursday 30th January 2014 from 10am to 4:30pm at NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL. It costs £100 which includes OCN accreditation and lunch. Details can be found here, and to attend, please complete the booking form and return to


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

Dear GADN Friends,

Welcome to our December 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


  • Rosa; The UK Fund for Women and Girls have a small Grants Programme for FGM. Supported by Comic Relief, the grants programme is a 3 year fund, operating from August 2013-May 2016 to help voluntary and community organisations from across the UK to increase their skills in tackling FGM in their local communities, make links with statutotiry bodies to help them improve their response to FGM and form networks to share learning and good practices. One off grants between £500 and £5000 are available. The deadline for submission is Monday 20 January, 2014. Please see guidance document and application form for more detail. Any further questions, contact Kay Cameron

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