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Watering the Leaves, Starving the Roots. The Status of Financing for Women's Rights Organizing & Gender Equality

AWID, October 2013

This report provides the latest analysis on the funding trends impacting women’s rights organizing and the financial status of women’s organizations around the world. Based on a survey of over 1,100 women’s organizations in every region of the world, the report helps make sense of the rapidly changing funding landscape and makes recommendations for how to mobilize more and better resources for women’s rights organizing through a feminist collective resource mobilization approach.

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New Actors, New Money, New Conversations. A Mapping of Recent Initiatives for Women and Girls

AWID, 2013

Investing in women and girls as ‘smart economics’ has become a favoured strategy in development and philanthropy over the past several years, resulting in a host of campaigns and initiatives—including from actors in the private sector that had not previously been seen as “development” players—dedicated to supporting girls and women. With AWID’s long history in research, analysis and advocacy around resources for women’s rights organizing, the organization sought to understand how this trend was impacting women’s organizations, given the important role they play in advancing sustainable, long term change for women around the world.
As part of a three part interrelated research series on women’s rights organizing, the purpose of this report is to contribute to filling a gap, particularly among women’s rights organizations, in understanding the current landscape of the corporate sector and other actors that are new to supporting women and girls, and the role they are playing in shaping related funding discourse and practice.


Database: 50 Years of Women's Legal Rights

World Bank, 2013

This new database tracks global progress from 1960 to 2010 in removing discriminatory laws on women’s property rights and ability to make legal decisions. The database shows the number of legal barriers to women’s economic participation dropped by half around the globe, but progress is uneven. The historical data documents the evolution of gender parity in property rights and legal capacity in 100 economies from 1960 to 2010. It provides 14 indicators covering property ownership, marital regimes, inheritance, property titling, legal status and capacity, constitutional rights of equality and non-discrimination and the treatment of legal pluralism. Where relevant, the legal rights of unmarried and married women are reported separately. The objective is to track legal reforms affecting women’s rights in these areas, starting with the current law and recording changes backwards in time to 1960. This database will provide a useful tool for the analysis of legal change over time, and its impact on women’s opportunities and socio-economic advancement.

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No Accident: Resilience and the inequality of risk

Oxfam, May 2013

Oxfam strongly supports the new international effort to build resilience. It believes that if those efforts are to have maximum impact, they must address inequality and power, which are too often overlooked. The report calls for a new approach to poverty reduction in order to deal with the range of risks that the poorest people increasingly face, be they systematic shocks such as food price hikes and ‘natural’ disasters through to long-term stresses from climate change and protracted conflict and household risk like unexpected illness. The report shows that vulnerability to many of these risks is higher in countries with greater income inequality. Women face an overwhelming burden because of their social, political and economic status. It is therefore crucial that resilience-building addresses the underlying causes of vulnerability, not just the symptoms.

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Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls & Migration in the Developing World (A Girls Count report on Adolescent Girls)

Population Council, May 2013

This is the first report of its kind to examine the social and economic drivers of internal migration for adolescent girls in developing countries, and the links between migration, risk, and opportunity. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the report finds that rural-to-urban migration can—provided necessary safety nets and resources are in place—be largely a positive experience for girls, and present them with new opportunities unavailable in their hometowns.

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Making Care Visible. Women’s unpaid care work in Nepal, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya

ActionAid, February 2013

While all women regardless of class, race, caste and ethnicity are expected to provide care as part of their roles as mothers, wives, and daughters, women living in poverty are disproportionately affected by this responsibility. Unpaid care is more difficult to do in the context of poverty as basic amenities, and access to public services are lacking. Further, the income needed to purchase goods and services to undertake care work may not be available. Women must then rely on their own labour to provide the care that is required. Many women living in poverty carry the dual responsibilities for both unpaid care work and earning an income or subsistence farming. Women’s responsibility for care leads to the violation of their basic human rights to an education, political participation, decent work and leisure. It contributes to persistent gender inequalities.


Off the balance sheet: the impact of the economic crisis on girls and young women. A review of the evidence

ODI/Plan International, January 2013

This report examines the continuing and deepening impact economic crisis is having on girls and young women worldwide. Drawing on evidence from a wide range of sources, it focuses on the impacts of crisis on girls and young women in the areas of four key rights: survival, development, protection and participation.

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One finger cannot lift a rock: Facilitating innovation platforms to trigger institutional change in West Africa / Putting heads together: Agricultural innovation platforms in practice

KIT Publishers, 2012

Setting up and facilitating a multi-stakeholder platform in order to stimulate innovation or institutional change is more of an art than a science. These two volumes from KIT Publishers, based on contributions from practising facilitators working in nine African countries, provide plenty of valuable grassroots experience for those attempting the process. No two innovation platforms are likely to be the same, but the case studies presented here highlight the different ways in which they can work, and how facilitators can support different stages in the innovation cycle. The first publication focuses on examples from Ghana, Mali and Benin, while the second also includes experiences of facilitators working in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

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Women producers and the benefits of collective forms of enterprise

Oxfam GB / Routledge, Gender & Development Journal Volume 20, March 2012

This article summarises the findings of an action research project examining the experience of women producers in various collective enterprises, all linked to the Fair Trade movement, in seven countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. What are the benefits of collective enterprise for women producers? The study found that participating in collective forms of enterprise and linking to Fair Trade markets can enable women producers to access resources and markets, develop relationships, and overcome gender constraints. This can help them significantly in meeting economic and social goals. The article also describes how some membership-based organisations are addressing various complex obstacles and challenges.

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The Local-to-Local Dialogue Resource Manual: A Guide for Grassroots Women-Led Engagement with Local Government and Decision Makers

Huairou Commission, 2011

This is a manual for grassroots women-led engagement with local government and decision makers. It combines collective knowledge, evolved from nearly a decade of experiences around the world, into a series of practical tools and locally adaptable strategies for initiating and engaging in Local-to-Local (L2L) Dialogues. The manual will guide grassroots women's groups in negotiating a wide spectrum of development issues that affect grassroots women and their communities.

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Progress of the World’s Women 2011–2012: In Pursuit of Justice

UN Women, 2011

This report shows that where laws and justice systems work well, they can provide an essential mechanism for women to realize their human rights. However, it also underscores the fact that, despite widespread guarantees of equality, the reality for many millions of women is that justice remains out of reach. The report highlights the practical barriers that women – particularly the poorest and most excluded – face in negotiating justice systems and the innovative approaches that governments and civil society are pioneering to overcome them. It explores the ways in which women are reconciling guarantees of their rights with the realities of living within plural legal systems. And it highlights the severe challenges that women face in accessing justice in the aftermath of conflict, as well as the enormous opportunities for change that can emerge in these most difficult times.

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Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection

UNICEF and UNFPA, 2011

This publication makes a case for linking the human rights of women to those of children. Today, these rights are still treated in an isolated manner, while there are actually practical arguments for considering them together, in particular because many human rights violations against women directly affect children and vice versa. Linking them together would support efforts to promote the human rights of adolescent girls, to eliminate child marriage, to prevent the spread of HIV and to reduce maternal mortality.


State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples: Focus on Women’s Rights

Minority Rights Group International, July 2011

This year’s edition of State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples presents an overview of the situation of minority and indigenous women today, and includes:

  • Discussions of gender-based violence and armed conflict, including the violence that indigenous and minority women experience within their own communities, and the difficulties that they face in accessing justice and support from outside.
  • Interviews and special reports on trafficking, intersectional discrimination, land seizures and women’s political representation.
  • Overviews of the human rights situation of minorities and indigenous peoples in every major world region.
  • ‘Peoples under Threat 2011’ – MRG’s unique statistical analysis and ranking of countries.

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Gender and rural microfinance: Reaching and empowering women - Guide for Practitioners

IFAD, August 2009

This publication focuses on gender sensitive rural microfinance, defined as “all financial services targeting poor and low-income rural households and individuals, with a focus on rural women’s needs.” It describes how financial institutions should take into account the needs of women as well as men clients when designing products. It provides practical suggestions for designing financial products, such as credit, savings, insurance and remittances to promote gender equality and empowerment. It puts emphasis on demand-driven product development, such as market research and financial literacy and the need to see how group structures can be developed as the basis for change. The guide also includes several checklists for gender audits in organizations, product and programme design and enhanced gender impacts.


The Girl Effect - The unique potential of 250 million adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world

The Girl Effect is a movement driven by girl champions around the globe. The Nike Foundation created the Girl Effect with critical financial and intellectual contributions by the NoVo Foundation and Nike Inc. and in collaboration with key partners such as the United Nations Foundation and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls.

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Women. Ink. catalogue of books and training resources on women and development

IWTC, 2007

Featuring over 70 new books from women's organizations and mainstream university and small presses worldwide, this catalogue is a "must have" for academics, activists and development practitioners who want to keep current on new thinking in the field of women, gender and development. Women, Ink. is a project of the International Women's Tribune Centre and is supported by the Swiss Development Corporation.

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Where is the money for women's rights? Assessing the resources and the role of donors in the promotion of women's rights and the support of women's rights organizations

AWID, February 2006

It seems that there are too few interested funders, with too little money, to support existing women's rights organizations and initiatives. Is it that women's rights groups are not bold enough in their fundraising strategies? Is it that donors simply don't understand the urgency and importance of this work? What has really been happening in terms of funding for women's rights organizations in the last ten years and what have been the driving forces behind those trends? This report is the result of an action research initiative launched by AWID to explore precisely those questions and to give insights into possible strategies for changing the existing funding landscape so that more resources are made available to women's rights organizations.

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Women's Fundraising Handbook

Global Fund for Women, 2005

This handbook, written by Global Fund staff, explores key ideas about raising money to fund women's rights work. It is especially designed for first-time fundraisers and for women's groups in developing countries. The handbook captures the essence of the Global Fund's Women, Money, and Empowerment workshops, which were given for activists at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

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New global Partnership seeks major reductions in maternal and child deaths

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health - September 2005

Millions of women and children worldwide will enjoy a better chance of survival thanks to a new global initiative announced at an official side event of the 2005 World Summit. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health will mobilize global and local commitment and action to reduce deaths among mothers and children, promote universal coverage of essential interventions, and advocate for increased resources for these efforts.

The UN partners involved in the new initiative include: the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); the World Health Organization (WHO); and the World Bank.

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Filling the data gap - Gender-sensitive statistics for agricultural development

FAO, November 2003

During the last 20 years, information on rural women has increased significantly, but its validity and relevance are still questioned, as is its usefulness in decision-making and planning. The main purpose of this publication is to sensitise policy-makers to the benefits that sex-disaggregated information can bring to policy-making and - as the main recipients and seekers of such information - move them to action at the national level.

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