When the G20 leaders meet in November to discuss pressing global issues, it is imperative that they take action to address the needs of people living in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. This paper contains the recommendations of the G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance (U.S.), a group of 54 non-governmental organizations.
These recommendations are broken down in this paper by sector:
“Women’s economic empowerment” has become a buzzword in global development policy, with oft-touted benefits ranging from reduced poverty and inequality to more inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Yet the meaning of the phrase is often unclear or it is used as shorthand for increased earnings and economic status. But economic empowerment is much more than this; it is a concept that seeks greater access to economic resources and institutions but that also fosters increased agency and decision-making over these resources and institutions.
Sarah Gammage, Aslihan Kes, Liliane Winograd, Naziha Sultana, Sara Hiller, and Shelby Bourgault
The Policy and Advocacy Task Team of the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) 1 recognizes the continuing generosity of the Government and people of Bangladesh in keeping their borders open to the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and violence in Myanmar.
The GBVAoR, in support of the Bangladesh GBV Sub-Sector, calls upon donors and states to:
Une analyse des conséquences économiques du mariage des enfants aux plans de la fécondité, de l’éducation, de l’emploi et de la santé
Child Marriage Will Cost Developing Countries Trillions of Dollars by 2030, Says World Bank/ICRW Report
The new report finds that ending child marriage:
Would have a large positive effect on the educational attainment of girls and their children and increase women’s expected earnings and household welfare;
Lead to substantial reductions in population growth over time;
Reduce rates of under-five mortality and delayed physical development due to a lack of appropriate nutrition.
In October 2014, the International Rescue Committee (IRC)’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Lebanon program began implementing an innovative mobile approach to gender-based violence response and mitigation service delivery in Akkar district. The IRC's approach aims to reach non-camp based Syrian refugee women living within Lebanese communities with GBV case management and psychosocial support services.
Mara Steinhaus, Amy Gregowski, Natacha Stevanovic Fenn and Suzanne Petroni 2016
Choosing whether, when and who to marry is one of the most important, personal decisions that one can make. Yet, in many places around the world, girls and boys are forced into marriage before they’re ready, a practice known as “child marriage”. Around the world, an estimated 15 million girls are married each year before they turn 18, and UNICEF estimates that 720 million women alive today were married as children. The harmful consequences of child marriage have been well documented.
By Shreshtha Kumar, Shahrzad Rouhani, Abhishek Gautam and Madhumita Das
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, implemented by the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP) was implemented in 2012 to empower women by organizing them into microcredit-linked self-help groups (SHGs) to increase the demand for toilet construction and therefor increase positive WASH outcomes. The program was designed to impact an estimated 21,000 households across 80 villages in two districts (Sultanpur and Amethi) in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
2 March 2015: To most of us, the belief that our children should have to worry about violence at school is unthinkable. Parents should be able to trust that their kids’ schools are safe, and that an environment of learning should be devoid of violence.
Yet according to evidence being released this week from Plan International and the International Centre for Research on Women, violence is distressingly commonplace within schools in Asia.
Worldwide, India ranks third in terms of the number of people live with HIV, affecting 2.1 million people according to recent estimates. Programming efforts aimed at vulnerable populations, including sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drugs users, and truckers, have resulted in a decline in the HIV incidence rate. Building off of that success, the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) is working to further accelerate progress in decreasing the transmission of HIV, by targeting increases in low prevalence states, including through spousal transmission.
Ravi Verma and Padmavathi Srinivasan
ICRW’s Asia Regional Office brought together 80 stakeholders from communities around Bangladesh for a two-day “Theory of Change: Ending Child Marriage in Bangladesh” workshop in February. Government figures, NGOs, donors, religious leaders and adolescents from local communities joined together to share experiences and insights on how to better understand and tackle Bangladesh’s high rates of child marriage.
Family Care International (FCI), International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration 2014
Across the developing world, a woman dies every two minutes from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Improving maternal health is widely acknowledged as a global public health priority and an urgent social justice and human rights issue. However, Kenya and other developing countries, continue to have a high maternal mortality ratio despite commitment from the government to address the issue.
This document is prepared to develop a ‘targeted strategy which takes into account global best practices in the area of ending child marriages, including ending violence and harmful practices against women and girls through engaging communities and involving men and boys in this effort'. The proposed targeted strategy is part of the new Country Plan of Action (CPAP) of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in Nepal which commenced in 2013 and will end in 2017.
Empowering women and girls is not only the right and fair thing to do, it also makes economic sense. Countries that invest in promoting the social and economic status of women tend to have lower poverty rates than those that do little to address gender inequality.
In many countries, harmful practices, such as child marriage, increase the discrimination and stigmatization of women and girls at different stages of their lives, contributing to their marginalization and low social and economic status.
Women’s property rights are critical for achieving poverty reduction and gender equality, yet efforts to secure them are often compromised by many challenges, including a lack of data for identifying programming gaps and progress. Few organizations that aim to secure women’s property rights collect the necessary information to understand the context in which they are working, how effectively they execute their activities, who their program is reaching and what impacts they are having on participants and the community.
Created in 2002, the International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) is the first of its kind to end impunity and promote justice through programs that assist survivors of atrocities return to a dignified and productive life within their communities.
In 2009, ICRW published Girls Speak: A New Voice in Global Development as the fourth report of the Girls Count report series. Four years later, researchers supported by the Nike Foundation asked more than 500 girls from 14 countries to share their insights and perspectives with global decision-makers. This report synthesizes girls’ voices from around the world and argues that girls’ insights are crucial to designing effective global development policies.
by Anjala Kanesathasan, Krista Jacobs, Margo Young, Adithi Shetty
Over the past decade there has been growing recognition of the contribution that women make to agricultural production around the world. Despite this attention, many agricultural programs struggle to capture the difference—or the ‘gender effect’—that gender integration makes on key outputs and outcomes.