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Global Gender Accountability

The role that gender plays in a range of broad development areas. Issues of focus include governance, gender based violence, the economy, sexual and reproductive rights, citizenship and social movements.
Global gender accountability has taken the spotlight recently with two key global gender reports being published – The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 (World Economic Forum), and The World Survey on the Role of Women In Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development (UN Women). Both reports are essential in highlighting global gender disparities and advocating for gender equality at the heart of sustainable development. Importantly they are well timed to link in with intensifying global debates around the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals and the emergence of the post-2015 framework. This update features these two reports alongside two highly informative essays/blogs - one advocating the importance of including a robust and holistic human rights agenda within the SDGs - and the other a feminist perspective on how the increasing role of the private sector in development is presenting serious obstacles and challenges for the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality.

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014
World Economic Forum 2014
In this year’s Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the World Economic Forum quantifies the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracks their progress over time. The Global Gender Gap Index presented in the report seeks to measur...
The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
UN Women 2014
UN Women has launched the report of a five-yearly survey that demonstrates why gender equality must be at the centre of sustainable development. The report is well timed to link in with current global debates around the definition of ...
Transforming the development agenda requires more, not less, attention to human rights.
R Balakrishnan; I Saiz / OpenDemocracy 2014
This essay/blog by Radhika Balakrishnan (Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, at Rutgers University), and Ignacio Saiz, (Executive Director of the Center for Ec...
The role of the private sector in financing for development from a feminist perspective.
RightingFinance 2013
This essay/blog provides a feminist perspective on the increasing role of the private sector in development and how it is presenting serious obstacles and challenges for the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality. Cor...