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Addressing Inequalities


The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). “Addressing Inequalities.” for the Post-2015 Global Thematic Consultations (2012): 1–21. Print. By Mayra Moro-Coco and Natalie Raaber, with contributions from Ana Ines Abelenda, Alejandra Scampini, Lydia Alpízar, Cindy Clark and Anne Schoenstein.

p.2: Rather than jumping to discussions of goals, this paper proposes deeper exploration of key considerations for grounding the post-2015 framework in the goals reflected in existing human rights instruments and agreements. As an initial contribution, AWID offers some general recommendations that we believe are critical for longterm, sustainable, inclusive, and just development for all. -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.4: The process for a post-2015 development agenda comes at a time when the failures of the current, predominant patriarchal and neoliberal model of growth and development are widely acknowledged and visible. -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.4: No dimension of development is genderneutral, therefore any post-2015 development framework must integrate a systematic gender perspective and strong political commitment to women’s rights and gender equality. At the same time, broad structural changes are fundamental if the new development agenda aims to address inequalities of all kinds. -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.5: The economic and financial crises cannot be seen in isolation from the food, fuel, water, environment/climate, human rights, and care crises. These interlocking crises are part and parcel of a failed development model that sees economic growth as both the meaning and ultimate goal of development. This despite evidence that growth alone does not necessarily lead to social justice and often, pursuit of growth results in extensive environmental/ecological degradation. “Economic indicators and social wellbeing indicators do not correlate” (Bissio, 2012). -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.10: Gender mainstreaming was intended to overcome the marginalization of womenspecific projects implemented in the 1970s and 1980s and to bring a gender equality perspective to all development activities (AWID & GEAR, 2010). -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.10: Mehra and Gupta (2006, p.6) caution that gender mainstreaming: “has not been pursued fully or systematically enough to support definitive conclusions about its success or failure. In most cases, the process is incomplete or not properly implemented and, in some cases, it has been abandoned midstream. Most importantly, especially in the context of multilateral and bilateral development organizations, the process of gender mainstreaming has stopped short of operations – of the very dimension that impacts development on the ground and can show results in terms of development effectiveness.” -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.10: In addition, the impact of public and development policies on women and on gender equality is often not accurately measured or monitored. Institutional capacity on women’s rights and gender equality remains a challenge, with indepth knowledge depending on specialized staff rather than seen as a key competency for all. Mainstreaming is sometimes seen as a “check box” exercise and inclusiveness requirements are very lightly addressed. -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.11: This can be seen in reductions of funding for NGOs, especially women’s organizations, viii when funding agencies, particularly bilateral agencies, applied mainstreaming strategies, reasoning that resources would instead be (Schoenstein & Alemany, 2011, pp.1011). -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.12: In sum, experience to date with gender equality and women’s rights in the development cooperation agenda suggests that a post-2015 framework should consider: clear articulation of accountability mechanisms, including specific requirements for gathering gender disaggregated data and linking accountability to results; getting real about the operational challenges in gender mainstreaming and providing direct support for gender equality initiatives; and taking a holistic view of gender equality and women’s rights, recognizing commitments articulated in existing human rights instruments. -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.12: “[The] marketbased growth paradigm determines not only our economic conditions and relations with nature, but has also created a value system that is deeply engrained in our social consciousness” (Wichterich, 2012, p. 37). -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.13: For that reason, the post-2015 agenda must pose the question: What type of development or economic organization best supports gender equality and human rights? -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014

p.16: Women’s organizations and movements, in all their diversities, are engaged in some of the most important innovations and meaningful interventions to advance women’s rights and gender equality. They should be recognized as key partners in development processes at all levels. -- Highlighted apr 5, 2014