The Wikiprogress Team reports on the latest activity from our network!
Welcome to the February 2013 Wikiprogress eBrief. Since the launch of Wikiprogress over three years ago, we have focused on developing content and building networks. We thank everyone who has been involved in the journey thus far! We now have over 14,000 visitors per month and 2,113 registered users. We also have a core group of advisors who have enabled Wikiprogress to flourish: Salema, Estelle, Isaac, Robbie, Gueorguie, Jessica, Pedro, Dominic, Somali and Illya.
Nonetheless, there is much left to accomplish. In order to focus our content, the Wikiprogress team have decided to assign each month a different theme. To set the stage for the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), our February focus was gender equality. We compiled three years' worth of relevant articles that had been submitted to Wikiprogress. To keep the topic fresh, we issued a call for new articles and blog posts. We also conducted the most successful online discussion in Wikiprogress's history; we received 70 superb contributions about discriminatory social norms and violence against women.
Gender equality is very close to our hearts here at Wikiprogress. Just have a look at the 'spotlight on gender equality' article to see why. This eBrief features a number of articles on how to foster gender equality. A promising trend is gaining momentum across the globe: making women count in government policy measures is a key way to move forward. There are several articles and blog posts on the economic, social and environmental arguments for ensuring that women's voices count. Wikigender's online discussion, which invited everyone to propose ways to end violence against women, identified 6 key channels for doing so (see below). Robbie, over at Wikichild, also wrote some insightful blog posts and articles on the conditions that many girls face.
Next month, our focus will be...post-2015! Wikiprogress is always open to anyone who would like to contribute. Next month will be particularly special. We are partnering up with the OECD Global Forum on Development, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Save the Children UK and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) for a public consultation on reducing poverty. We invite your participation (details below). Stay tuned and follow our social media channels for further information.
Again, thanks for being part of Wikiprogress!
Angela Hariche, Head of OECD Global Well-being Networks
The following is selection of publications and articles taken from our 'Focus on Gender Equality' page.
- Women in paid and unpaid work . This OECD paper reviews the quality of women’s work, particularly in developing countries. It proposes a framework to monitor gender equality that draws from the OECD Better Life Initiative. One recommendation for policy-makers is to consider a quantitative target for reducing the gender-based disparity in the quality of work.
- Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability. This publication from the UN Development Programme offers a collection of evidence-rich papers by scholars and practitioners; it explores the interconnected relationship between gender equality and sustainable development across a range of sectors and global development issues, such as energy, health, education, food security, climate change, human rights, patterns of consumption and production, and urbanization.
- Closing the Gender Gap Act Now . This OECD report focuses on how to close the 'gender gap' using four broad headings: i) Gender equality, social norms and public policies; and gender equality in ii) education; iii) employment and iv) entrepreneurship.
- Achieving Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Post-2015 Framework by the Gender and Development Network adds to the discussion on gender equality for measures and indicators by calling for an explicit domain that relates to mainstream indicators.
- Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), introduced by the OECD Development Centre, is an innovative measure of the causes underlying gender inequality in over 100 countries. Instead of measuring gender gaps in outcomes, such as employment and education, the SIGI identifies discriminatory social factors, such as early marriage, inheritance practices, violence against women, patriarchal hierarchies and restricted access to public life.
- World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development is an extensive report by the World Bank that highlights the economics of gender development and the forces behind inequalities in various areas, such as health and education. It then discusses policies that can be implemented to reduce these gender disparities and improve development overall.
- Aid in Support of Gender Equality in Education and Health - an OECD publication discussing its members' contributions to aid. Specifically in education and health, more than half of aid has a distinct gender equality focus; 31% of net aid has a gender emphasis across all sectors.
- Women in Technology: Evolving, Ready to Save the World is a very interesting review of a report under the same title that will be published in Spring 2013. It collects responses from over 500 female respondents in the tech industry and highlights the higher returns from investments in women-led companies.
- Mind the Gap is a new online tool for exploring the latest gender and education data that will be live from 5 March! It has been developed by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. The game invites players to immerse themselves in data on education from approximately 200 countries and territories; it highlights gender disparities in primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Rising against sexual violence
What's new? Online Consultation and the post-2015 theme
- "Reducing poverty is achievable by finding those who are hidden by inequalities" online consultation will be active from 6-15 March - don't miss your opportunity to be heard. A summary report of the online consultation will be presented at the OECD 2013 Global Forum on Development, 4-5 April 2013 in Paris. The forum will gather renowned experts and leading policy-makers who will be focusing their discussions on the global development agenda beyond 2015.
- post-2015 Portal - Is our latest addition to the platform with papers, news, blogs, discussions, events and a tweeter feed on what comes after the MDGs. We ask that you help us to keep the portal up-to-date in the wiki spirit.
- Our theme for March is post-2015 and we invite you to contribute articles, publications, blogs, news and/or comments via the online consultation, Facebook or Twitter!
- Why Clean Water is Key to Keeping Girls in School - This article from The Girl Effect focuses on the problem that girls in schools without clean water supplies face. For many girls in Bolivia, the start of menstruation can mean the end of their education.
- Women and the City II - This study was conducted to deepen our understanding of the links between violence against women and urban public services; it encourages all parties to help to transform the lives of disadvantaged women.
- International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is observed on the 6 February each year to raise awareness about this physically and psychologically damaging practice. Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) still affects around 140 million girls and women each year.
- Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children - This 2013 report provides an update on the significant developments and approaches since 2010, when the United Nations Secretary-General launched his Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.
- Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health - This report shows that girls who reach adolescence typically are in good health. However, a variety of health issues during her adolescent years determine her future — and the well-being of her family for generations to come.
- 10 x 10 - Educate Girls. Change the World - There has been a significant degree of social media buzz over Girl Rising’s feature length film, 10x10, which stresses that education can change the lives of millions of girls across the world. The movement attempts to break down the barriers that prevent girls from receiving instruction; it illustrates that education yields far-reaching benefits for the global community. If you haven’t seen the trailer already, now is your chance:
- "Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women and girls" online discussion, which took place from 4-13 February 2013. Wikigender co-organised the discussion with Breakthrough, End Violence Against Women (EVAW UK), the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Partners for Prevention (P4P) and Womankind Worldwide. You can now read the synthesis report of the discussion! (coming soon)
- The 57th Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Note that if you are participating in the event, you can attend an offshoot event on 4 March, where the outcomes of the above online discussion will be presented. Read more.
- Wikigender also partnered with the Land Portal for a discussion on "Using online platforms to increase access to open data and share best practices of monitoring women’s land rights!" organised from 6-20 February. Read more.
Updates from the community and networks
Blog highlights from February
Gender blogs - your favorites over time
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