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.