Feminists want a world where aid is no longer necessary
Published on Fri, 2016-12-09 12:17
"As feminist, women’s rights and gender equality advocates we reaffirm our vision of a world where aid is no longer necessary. Where unequal power relations and undemocratic distribution of wealth and structures of injustices all forms of violence and war are transformed to create new forms of relations based on equality, dignity, respect and human rights that enhance solidarity, equity, inclusion, non-subordination and justice for all." Read here the statement by the Feminist Constituency at the High Level Meeting on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation that was held in Nairobi, Kenya, 28th November to 1st December 2016.
WOMEN’S FORUM STATEMENT
As feminist, women’s rights and gender equality advocates we reaffirm our vision as highlighted in the Key Asks of the CPDE Feminist Constituency for the Nairobi High-Level Meeting, of a world where aid is no longer necessary. Where unequal power relations and undemocratic distribution of wealth and structures of injustices all forms of violence and war are transformed to create new forms of relations based on equality, dignity, respect and human rights that enhance solidarity, equity, inclusion, non-subordination and justice for all.
We also reaffirm gender analysis present in all previous Women’s Conferences including Beijing Platform for Action as an essential tool to ensure equality and to end patriarchy in our societies.
We believe development is a human right and that international solidarity through sustainable international cooperation has a crucial role to play in fulfilling states’ responsibility to ensure that all people including women and girls realise their rights. We believe in redistributive justice and the eradication of all forms of inequalities, not just gender inequalities, but race, caste, ethnicity, rural-urban divides, abilities, age, sexual orientation, occupation etc. Development should ensure 'no woman and girl is left behind'. And we challenge the mainstream economic development models, based on extractivism and the exploitation of resources, including women’s bodies, labour and natural resources such as land, to shift the dominant development discourse towards an inclusive, sustainable, and just paradigm.
We underscore that women, feminists, women’s organisations and women movements play key roles in development at all levels and stress that the full realisation of human rights and women’s rights are essential to any development and to any development cooperation framework.
Feminist and women’s rights groups and gender equality advocates gathered in Nairobi ahead of HLM2 are deeply concerned about the limited implementation of the commitments made towards gender equality and women’s rights and therefore call on all governments and other development actors involved in the GPEDC for a stronger Global Partnership with a clear focus on gender equality and human rights that ensures following imperatives:
We strongly believe that for development cooperation to be effective results should be based on the progress made to fulfil human rights obligations and include clear deadlines. Feminist and women’s rights groups gathered in Nairobi also demand for development cooperation to eradicate all forms of inequalities, including poverty and all forms of violence against women and girls. To address not just symptoms but structural causes of inequalities including patriarchy by promoting sustainable systematic behaviour change. Development co-operation should fill the infrastructure gaps, and address women’s energy and technology needs.
On transparency and accountability we note with great concern about the lack of political will and capacity of most states to systemmatically monitor gender equality. And we therefore demand all development stakeholders must strengthen their Gender responsive tracking systems.
In the end we reiterate the critical need to set up an inclusive multi-stakeholder taskforce within Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) for gender equality.