Wend-Kouni, from Rouko village, Burkina Faso, digs for gold. Ollivier Girad/CIFOR

No environmental justice without gender justice

Gender, Gender & Development Journal, General, Natural Resources 2 Comments

Gender equality and women’s rights are core to attaining sustainable, just human development. Editor, Caroline Sweetman, introduces the natural resource justice issue of the Gender & Development journal. 2017 is on course to be the deadliest year yet for environmental activism: 150 women and men have so far been murdered for defending natural resources and the communities who depend on …

A women in Far Western Nepal uses a water pump to wash pots and pans. (Photo credit: Andrew Reckers

Why access to water may not benefit all women equally


Gender, Gender & Development Journal, General, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 1 Comment

In a study of water projects in Western Nepal Stephanie Leder and Floriane Clement found that community dynamics impacted on planning processes. As a result the more marginalized and disadvantaged women were less likely to benefit from improved water supplies. (Stephanie and Floriane, with Emma Karki, authored an article for the WASH issue of Gender & Development ). Global discourses …

A team hired by the railway company maintain draining ditches alongside the track that runs through Mukuru informal settlement, in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Sam Tarling

Taking a toilet break: on the railway line

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Having unmet needs for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) not only endangers life, it can negatively affect all aspects of daily existence, and women and girls suffer the most. Editor, Caroline Sweetman, introduces the WASH issue of the Gender & Development journal. Imagine you’re a teenage girl, dying to go to the loo – but you can’t, until your mother …

Women's March Washington DC

Fundamental questions, women’s rights responses

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Caroline Sweetman, Editor of Gender and Development, introduces their latest issue on women’s rights and fundamentalisms. The new issue of Gender & Development focuses on nothing less than the question of what constitutes heaven on earth. While visions of global development suggest that’s about realizing rights and social justice for everyone, religious fundamentalists peddle an alternative vision of heaven – …

Making invisible voices visible in online EVAW campaigns

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Online spaces are not free from violence against women and girls (VAWG) but, in this blog, Amy O’Donnell and Miranda Dobson discuss how specific online platforms, including Hollaback! are supporting EVAW (ending violence against women) work by providing spaces to report experiences of street harassment and promote solidarity.  Hollaback! recently launched in Oxfam’s city of origin in Oxford – making …

Women leading in the peace

Fragile contexts, Gender, Gender & Development Journal, Governance 1 Comment

According to World Bank estimates of September 2016, two billion people live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. By 2030, the share of global poor living in fragile and conflict-affected situations is projected to reach 46 per cent. Caroline Sweetman, Editor of Gender & Development, introduces us to the theme of gender in fragile …

Female Cash for Work Beneficiaries in Housseini Village, Iraq. Credit: Oxfam

CLARA: How a livelihoods and risk assessment tool is supporting women’s economic empowerment

Gender, Gender & Development Journal, Refugees and IDPs, Women's Economic Empowerment 0 Comments

There are more than 3.3 million displaced people in Iraq. Women and girls, and their ability to participate in livelihoods, have been particularly affected by this displacement. In this blog Corrie Sissons explains how the Cohort Livelihoods and Risk Assessment (CLARA) tool has been informing programme design and liveli­hood initiatives that can safely seed longer-term recovery. hen a shock happens, …