As the world gathers in 2010 to take stock of its progress towards achieving the MDGs and the Beijing Platform for Action, the threat to gender equality and human development created by the interlocked crises of international finance, food, climate, and energy cannot be ignored. While the ongoing economic crisis poses a particular threat to the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, it also presents an opportunity to articulate the fundamentals of an alternative economic policy that puts human rights and principles of equality and justice at its heart.
On the occasion of the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), in collaboration with NGLS, AWID, CWGL, IAFFE, DAWN, WIDE, WWG- FfD organized a one-day discussion focused on the issue of Gender Equality in Economic Crisis and Recovery (4 March 2010, New York). The purpose of this discussion was threefold: to understand the impacts of the crisis on women’s livelihoods; to analyze policy responses to the crisis and explore how these could constrain or enable financing for gender equality and; to explore strategies for expanding the application of gender responsive budgeting approaches in order to secure effective investment for gender equality and women’s rights.
The event was divided into two sessions. The morning session focused on the impacts of the crisis on financing for gender equality and discussed gender-responsive budgeting. The afternoon session examined policy responses to the crises and possible alternative macroeconomic and gender and development framework.