Gender equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) Project

GADN is very pleased to have been commissioned by the Bretton Woods Project to contribute to their project on gender equality and macroeconomics (GEM).  The project will look at the way in which current macroeconomic policies, particularly those promoted by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, undermine gender equality.  Working with allies globally, the project also encourages decision-makers to promote better alternative policy.

Within the project, GADN will be contributing to the work on the interrelationship between gender and macroeconomics, and leading on some of the work with the Department for International Development around this.  We are not planning on becoming International Financial Institutions (IFI) experts, and will be leaving the analysis and influencing of IFI policy and practice to the experts at the Bretton Woods Project.

GADN has released the following publications as part of the GEM Project:

1. Making the case for macroeconomics in gender equality work

This briefing argues that true empowerment begins with tackling the structural barriers that women face, and that this means turning our attention to macroeconomics and its impact on gender equality and women's rights.

2. Breaking down the barriers: Macroeconomic policies that promote women’s economic equality

This briefing argues that the achievement of women’s economic equality and empowerment (WEE) is pivotal to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, yet it has received inadequate attention to date. When WEE has been discussed, too often it is in relation to generating economic growth rather than gender equality and the fulfilment of women’s rights.

3. Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work: recommendations to governments

Ahead of the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), the Gender & Development Network has developed a factsheet which provides an overview of the structural economic barriers to women’s economic empowerment. For each of these areas, the factsheet makes recommendations to governments.

4. Stepping up: How governments can contribute to women’s economic empowerment

Government economic policy shapes women’s lives, and could be a force for equality, yet too often this potential is not realised.  In Stepping up, we argue that governments must play a central role in achieving women’s economic empowerment; that their priority should be to tackle the underlying barriers to economic empowerment, particularly those faced by marginalised women; and that it is in the area of economic policy that government action will have most transformative impact.

5. Sharing the load: Unpaid care work and women’s economic empowerment

Unpaid care work, performed mostly by women around the world, is a key piece of the empowerment puzzle: it entrenches the subordination of women in society but, at the same time, it is indispensable for economic growth and human wellbeing. In Sharing the load, we outline key recommendations to governments around unpaid care work.

6. Corporate power and women's economic justice - results from a joint webinar and recommendations for CSW61

On 28 February 2017, GADN, AWID and their allies formulated key steps for limiting the power of transnational corporations to infringe on women’s rights – and supporting economic justice for women everywhere.

7. Making trade work for gender equality

This briefing discusses concerns around the impact of the current global trade regime on gender equality and concludes with recommendations on how to develop trade agreements that promote gender equality.

8. What needs to change to make trade policy work for gender equality?

On 13 December 2017, GADN and Oxfam came together with experts working on women’s rights, development economics, climate justice and globalisation, to discuss the current impacts of trade on women, and propose ways in which trade policy and agreements must change in order to ensure that they support, instead of threaten, gender equality and women’s rights.


The Bretton Woods Project has also published the following briefings as part of the GEM Project:

1. Gender-Just Macroeconomics; Engaging the IMF and World Bank

This booklet is a civil society guide to why macroeconomics is important for gender equality, how the IMF and World Bank shape global macroeconomic policy, and most importantly how civil society can engage with these powerful institutions for gender justice.

2. The IMF and Gender; A Critical Analysis

This briefing argues the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality is in question and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of gender equality.

You can find out more about the Bretton Woods Project's side of the GEM Project here.