Gender

Women’s rights, peace and security: where are we today?
Opinion

Women’s rights, peace and security: where are we today?

Twenty years since the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, women’s rights are still violated in many countries while accountability is hard to get.
Women and Covid: first called upon, first impacted
Development news

Women and Covid: first called upon, first impacted

ID4D editorial staff

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How can ecofeminism benefit development?
Development news

How can ecofeminism benefit development?

The COVID-19 crisis has triggered a domino effect, revealing inherent flaws in our current development models. Could the shift in focus presented by ecofeminism hold the key to truly sustainable and inclusive development?
“Feminist foreign policy” explained
Opinion

“Feminist foreign policy” explained

Feminist foreign policy promotes a gendered approach to all items on the international agenda. It’s becoming increasingly common in the international arena, but its impact is still limited.
Marie-Cécile Naves
Women facing COVID-19
Press Review

Women facing COVID-19

Is there a feminine approach to leadership? In what ways is fashion a human rights issue in China? What can development banks do to help mitigate climate change? In this week’s Development press review, ID4D explores the past months major issues, and celebrates, with The New York Times, the...
ID4D editorial staff
Violence against women, the other scourge of the health crisis
Opinion

Violence against women, the other scourge of the health crisis

Around the world, lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus epidemic have led to an alarming increase in violence against women and domestic violence. How are countries responding to this phenomenon? Sociologist Johanna Dagorn provides insights.
Johanna Dagorn
Female entrepreneurship, key ingredient for Africa’s growth
Opinion

Female entrepreneurship, key ingredient for Africa’s growth

Africa is a world leader when it comes to female entrepreneurship. For World Bank experts Fannie Delavelle and Léa Rouanet, considering their economic potential could massively contribute to Africa’s growth.
Fannie Delavelle, Léa Rouanet
Central America: gender violence drives massive female migration
Press Review

Central America: gender violence drives massive female migration

As the worst refugee crisis in the nine-year civil war unfolds in Syria, Mexican women take to the streets to fight the long-standing feminicide epidemic in Central America. This week’s Development press review compiles striking news from around the globe.
“The Rapist is You”: origins of a worldwide feminist movement
Opinion

“The Rapist is You”: origins of a worldwide feminist movement

To the surprise of many, “A Rapist in Your Way” has met with worldwide success. The performance piece by Chilean feminist group Las Tesis is not an isolated flash in the pan. It is the expression of a dynamic global feminist movement tied to current issues and driven by Latin American feminist...
Eugénia Palieraki
Women on the front lines of social and political movements worldwide
Opinion

Women on the front lines of social and political movements worldwide

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on November 25, offers an opportunity to reflect on the role of women and their demands in social and political movements all over the world in recent months.
Marie-Cécile Naves
Sport, a driver of sustainable development and women’s emancipation
Opinion

Sport, a driver of sustainable development and women’s emancipation

Marie-Cécile Naves believes that sport is a multi-purpose tool that can be leveraged further to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly gender equality. She takes a look back at some inspiring initiatives.
Marie-Cécile Naves
“Female Entrepreneurship Has a Major Economic Impact”
Interview

“Female Entrepreneurship Has a Major Economic Impact”

For Friederike Röder, EU and France Director of ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy NGO, female entrepreneurship should be encouraged as a lever of development that contributes to achieving all the sustainable development goals (SDG).
Friederike Röder
“Achieving gender equality is a precondition for the eradication of poverty”
Interview

“Achieving gender equality is a precondition for the eradication of poverty”

Women represent nearly half of the labour force in agriculture, yet they continue to suffer from gender-based inequality. For Margarita Astralaga (IFAD), women’s empowerment starts at household level.
Margarita Astrálaga
“The root cause of gender inequality is the role society assigns to women”
Interview

“The root cause of gender inequality is the role society assigns to women”

Difficulties in accessing the labor market, violated inheritance rights, limited political weight… Racha Ramadan takes a look at the glaring inequalities between women and men in both the private and public spheres, in North Africa and the Middle East.
Racha Ramadan
Toilets for more gender equality around the world
Opinion

Toilets for more gender equality around the world

World Toilet Day, on 19 November, is always an opportunity to recall how important access to toilets is for development. But it is all too seldom said that it is even more crucial for women and for equality.
Céline Gilquin
Gender equality: Women’s empowerment is everybody’s business
Interview

Gender equality: Women’s empowerment is everybody’s business

What concrete action can be taken to move gender equality forward? Batik International runs projects that aim at empowering women in France, in the Southern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.
Sarahi Gutierrez
More and more women entrepreneurs in Morocco
Interview

More and more women entrepreneurs in Morocco

The Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco (AFEM) supports Moroccan women in the creation and development of their business, a support that includes the establishment of incubators. An interview with its president, Asmaa Morine Azzouzi.
Asmâa Morine Azzouzi
“More daycare centers means more jobs”
Interview

“More daycare centers means more jobs”

Investing in the development of daycare centers in Turkey would give women access to the labor market and create a number of high-quality jobs, states Ipek Ilkkaracan, a researcher at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU).
İpek Ilkkaracan
“Companies are central to combating domestic violence”
Interview

“Companies are central to combating domestic violence”

Domestic violence frequently occurs in Turkey and does concern every social classes. For the careers of these women, it is an additional barrier which it is up to companies to stamp out, states the academic Melsa Ararat.
Melsa Ararat
Turkey: “The fight for gender equality at work needs to be addressed in SMEs”
Interview

Turkey: “The fight for gender equality at work needs to be addressed in SMEs”

Turkey is in the rear car of OECD countries in terms of gender equality on the labor market. This problem can only be solved by taking action in SMEs, explains Özge Berber Ağtaş, a representative of the International Labour Organization (ILO), who was invited to AFD’s panel discussion on “Access...
Ӧzge Berber Ağtaş
Access to the Labor Market for Women : “Marriage plays a major role, children even more”
Interview

Access to the Labor Market for Women : “Marriage plays a major role, children even more”

On 15 and 16 March, the Agence Française de Développement organized a seminar in Istanbul on “Access to and retention in high-quality employment for women in Turkey”. We take a look at the lessons learned from these meetings with Laetitia Antonowicz, an independent consultant for the major...
Laetitia Antonowicz
“Zombie facts” to bury about women and girls
Opinion

“Zombie facts” to bury about women and girls

“Zombie facts.” We’ve all heard them. Many have unwittingly used them: fictional data points cited, recited, and recycled so often that, like zombies in a science fiction movie, it seems they simply refuse to die. In order to take action against gender inequality, let’s get the data straight....
Caren Grown
“Quotas, an effective measure for gender parity”
Interview

“Quotas, an effective measure for gender parity”

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) promotes the active participation of women in all its fields of operation: sustainable development, democratic governance, climate change and adaptation. Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and the lead author of the 2015...
Selim Jahan
How Global Business can contribute to Women’s Empowerment
Opinion

How Global Business can contribute to Women’s Empowerment

In development circles, we do not always consider the private sector as a partner in advancing women’s empowerment. The assumption is that business’s activities on women’s empowerment are “window dressing” or are limited to boardroom quotas. These assumptions are becoming increasingly outdated....
Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, Lauren Shields
Walking the Talk: Gender Mainstreaming in Development Institutions
Opinion

Walking the Talk: Gender Mainstreaming in Development Institutions

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women. As we prepare to review progress since Beijing, one area deserves special attention: making sure that multilateral and bilateral development organisations give more than lip service to promoting gender...
Simon Mizrahi
YES to gender mainstreaming, but with caution
Opinion

YES to gender mainstreaming, but with caution

Françoise Rivière

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