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Unbreakable campaign: women and fragile states


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Despite huge strides towards ending extreme poverty across the world, no ‘fragile state’ has achieved a single Millennium Development Goal. Fragile states are places of chronic poverty, and the most marginalised in these societies are often women. But these women can and should be the means fragile states have to construct a new future for themselves.

Progressio's new campaign calls for a bigger role for women in political, environmental and social decision-making in fragile states.

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Unbreakable campaign: women and fragile states

  1. 1. Unbreakable campaign
  2. 2. Progressio & gender Progressio has a long-standing history working on gender-based issues Empowering women and working with women‟s movements Pioneering masculinities work in central America (1990s)
  3. 3. Facts about women and development 60% of the world’s extreme poor are women (UNDP Gender Equality) 1/3 women will suffer physical or sexual abuse (UN Women) 2/3 of the world’s illiterate people are women - 41 million girls are denied education (UN Women) Only 20% of politicians are women Less than 4% of global government aid has been allocated to gender equality
  4. 4. Facts about women and development 70% of small-holder farmers are women and they produce 50% of global food. (Action Aid & FAO 2011) Investing in women benefits the whole community: girls and women spend 90% of income on their families, while men only spend 30-40% (Nike Foundation, The Girl Effect) Women and children are the main water collectors in 76% of households (45-country survey: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation 2010)
  5. 5. Fragile states Progressio works in 4 of the top 10 most fragile states (Fund for Peace‟s Failed States Index 2013) States lacking stability, legitimacy, ca pacity, or willingness to provide for basic needs & rights Often affected by, or recovering from, conflict and more susceptible to shocks
  6. 6. Fragile states Fragile states: 26% of global population 35% of the world‟s extreme poor live in fragile states 51% of under 5 deaths 46% of children out of school (SCF 2010) “The cost of a single failing state is est. $100billion” (Paul Collier, The Bottom Billion)
  7. 7. Global poverty is declining sharply… Except in fragile states
  8. 8. Why focus on women in fragile states? Conflict and insecurity are major factors affecting women‟s safety, well-being and economic and political opportunities Dysfunctionality of the state and its institutions mean discriminatory customary practices often take the place of the legal and judicial system, perpetuating gender inequality. Women also affected by the economic turmoil faced by these countries, women tend to come last in access to education and economic participation.
  9. 9. Why focus on women in fragile states? Sexual violence is worst in conflict and post-conflict situations; disproportionately affects women & girls (UN resolution 2106) <8% of post conflict needs assessments address women‟s needs (UNIFEM) Women and girls suffer disproportionately from the MDG deficit (OECD)
  10. 10. Why focus on women in fragile states? Women in Yemen, Timor Leste and Zimbabwe attained less than two thirds of the levels of education, health, political and economic participation of men. These women are the poorest of the poor (Global Gender Gap Index)
  11. 11. “We live in a fragile state, but we are not fragile people” Abeer al Absi, Progressio Country Representative, Yemen
  12. 12. Yemen We are working with local partners Abu Mousa and IDF Sana'a to help poor and vulnerable women to achieve equality within Yemeni institutions and society, including strengthening the institutions within the police force in favour of women and girls in domestic abuse cases.
  13. 13. Somaliland Working with local women‟s network NAGAAD, we pushed for the adoption of a political quota for women within Somaliland‟s government. In the 2012 local elections, 142 women stood for election, compared with 10 in the previous local elections.
  14. 14. Timor-Leste In partnership with Rede Feto, the national umbrella organisation for women‟s rights in Timor-Leste, we are working to help improve the organisation‟s effectiveness and reach, and to lobby for legislation to protect women‟s rights country-wide.
  15. 15. Unbreakable women’s voices must be heard Our goal: A bigger role for women in political, environmental and social decision-making in fragile states
  16. 16. Unbreakable women’s voices must be heard Our campaign will: Change policies at UK and EU level Hear the voices of women living in fragile states Challenge ourselves to live in solidarity
  17. 17. How the campaign will run: first steps The 58th Commission on the Status of Women 10 to 21 March 2014 UN headquarters in New York Political & civil society leaders meet Outcome document The CSW58 aims to review the MDGs for women & girls with a focus on the post-2015 framework
  18. 18. What do we want? We want the UK Government to: Show commitment to women’s political & social participation in fragile states Support a gender goal in the post-2015 framework with specific reference to fragile states & conflict-affected areas Make the link between women and fragile states
  19. 19. Why? Women are often the most marginalised of these communities Women should be the key drivers to construct a safe & equitable future UK Government has not yet made the link between women & fragile states
  20. 20. The MDG deficit is concentrated in fragile states. No fragile state has achieved a single Millennium Development Goal
  21. 21. How are we going to achieve this? Part 1 Through Policy & Advocacy work Direct lobbying of key decision makers by our Policy & Advocacy staff in NYC Includes a side event at the CSW58: „How faith empowers and constrains women in fragile states‟
  22. 22. How are we going to achieve this? Part 2 We need you! We have until 10 March to influence the government. We can do this in 3 steps… 1. Sign our petition to Justine Greening 2. Get in contact with your MP 3. Hold a Progressio Wadahadal
  23. 23. 1. CSW58 Hand in Petition hand-in in NY Progressio postcard Online
  24. 24. 2. Get in touch with your MP To raise the profile of the CSW58… Our MPs need to know about the CSW58 and why it is important to us Our MPs need to let Justine know how important the CSW is
  25. 25. What does success look like? UK speaks out in support of women‟s political & social participation in fragile states CSW58 outcome document to call for a gender goal in post-2015 with specific reference to fragile states & conflict-affected areas
  26. 26. Let‟s go!
  27. 27. Host a Progressio Wadahadal! Gathering of people to talk to each other (Somali) Focused between now and International Women‟s Day – 8th March. Sign the cards, raise some money, make people more aware.
  28. 28. Your Progressio Wadahadal £120 a year empowers someone with Progressio quiz night at the pub coffee morning at the office cake sale at college A gathering, join the conversation!
  29. 29. Your Progressio Wadahadal Take a poster Tell us what you‟re planning Get in touch for info and ideas catherine