In 2013, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, AWID, published a report “Watering the leaves, Starving the Roots,” which examines ‘trends impacting women’s rights organizing and the status of women’s organizations around the world.’ The reports find that despite the “current spotlight on women and girls [it] has had relatively little impact on improving the funding situation for a large majority of women’s organizations around the world. In 2010, the median annual income of over 740 women’s organizations around the world was USD 20,000.”
The ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report is the culmination of a landmark UN review of progress, gaps, challenges and emerging issues in relation to the ICPD Programme of Action. It gathers data from 176 member states, alongside inputs from civil society and comprehensive academic research. Asserting the PoA’s relevance to the Post2015 development agenda, the report stresses inequalities – the cost of inequality for dignity and for sustainable development – and how investments in gender equality and rights, in youth, health and education and securing the [...]
EuroMapping is a joint annual study by DSW ((Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) and EPF (the European Parliamentary Forum) that scrutinises EU countries’ development aid for population assistance and reproductive health, both in terms of their pledged commitments and actual disbursements. The findings of EuroMapping offer a unique overview of how European donors contribute to the four categories of population assistance that were established in 1994: Basic reproductive Health Services, Family Planning, STDs and HIV/AIDS and basic research. This year’s report comes at an important time [...]
The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) is a coalition of organizations that advocates for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality within international law and policy. The SRI focuses its efforts particularly on the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council, including its resolutions and debates as well as the work of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism and the system of Special Procedures. The SRI combines feminist and queer analyses with a social justice [...]
What does international women’s day mean to you?
International Women’s Day has played a critical role in my life. Thanks to the sheer fluke of attending a March 8th 1980 event to celebrate IWD, my life was transformed. The event was at a pub in Sydney Nova Scotia, a two hour drive from my home. Local talent, including a not-yet-famous Rita MacNeil, was performing.
For nearly a decade I had been working as a waitress and cook at my parents’ restaurant in Cape Breton. Due to family economic problems, [...]