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Time for a treaty on TNCs and human rights, feminist advocates say

The sheer size and scope of corporate power, when compared to nation states, can be difficult to comprehend. Research shows that 63 per cent of the top 175 global economic entities are transnational corporations, not countries. Up until now, the ability to sue corporations for human rights violations and environmental damage has depended on national … Continue reading »

Bursting the macroeconomic policy bubble for gender equality

When gender equality was universally adopted as Sustainable Development Goal 5, “gender equality matters to economic growth” became the party line of global institutions. The floodgates well and truly opened after McKinsey & Company published its 2015 flagship report finding USD 12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. … Continue reading »

Women’s rights: Illustrating the importance of a holistic approach to the 2030 Agenda

In the implementation phase of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is important to learn from the mistakes of the past and to truly advance a holistic framework. From DAWN’s perspective, using an interlinkages and rights-based approach to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) might be useful to assess and promote positive … Continue reading »

Invest more in the caring economy, and growth will come

More public investment in caring infrastructure is well warranted under existing evidence, is the message that emerges from a new study released recently by the ITUC (“the study”). The study shows that investment into the care economy of 2 per cent of GDP in just 7 countries would create over 21 million jobs and help … Continue reading »

Combatting illicit financial flows: Why we need a gender lens

The fact that between USD 500 and 800 billion are drained each year from developing countries to the global North through illicit financial flows (IFFs) points to a profound global governance crisis and systemic inequality as Oxfam demonstrates with figures in their new report released January 2016. It is also a question of gender justice. … Continue reading »

Tax justice adn women’s rights – Webinar

On Tuesday 16 June 2015, on the occasion of the Global Week of Action for Taxjustice, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership co-organized a webinar on Tax Justice and Women’s Rights. Over 100 women’s rights and feminist activists participated in a discussion … Continue reading »

The Bumpy Road to Addis (FfD3): What’s at Stake for Women’s Rights

With only a few days until the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) starts on July 13th in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, and governments at the UN headquarters in New York are still locked in negotiations on the outcome document. In the midst of this uncertainty, one thing is certain – … Continue reading »

Finance and development summit should be opportunity for economic justice, not corporate profits

From 13th to 16th July Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation will gather for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), taking place in Addis Ababa, to adopt an inter-governmentally negotiated and agreed upon outcome. Whether it succeeds or fails in setting the right path … Continue reading »

Financing sexual and reproductive health and rights is crucial for sustainable development, Task Force says

The High Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (HLTF for ICPD) released a paper called “Policy Considerations for Financing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Post-2015 Era”. The document makes the case about the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for achieving sustainable development and … Continue reading »

Financial policies part of the remaking of social contracts, new book argues

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) recently launched a new book entitled, “The Remaking of Social Contracts: Feminists in a Fierce New World”, edited by Gita Sen and Marina Durano, published by ZED Books, London.  This book is a result of a long process of debate and reflection that DAWN members engaged in, … Continue reading »

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