Siyanda Update: Gender and Governance - Issue No. 75, April 2009

Siyanda Update: Gender and Governance - Issue No. 75, April 2009

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Apr 2009


In This Issue:

I. Special Feature: New BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack: 'Gender and Governance'
II. Quick Guide: Gender and Governance
III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts with interests in women's formal political participation
IV. Latest Additions: including a case study on gender, HIV and the church, gender perspectives on the global financial crisis, and strategies and instruments used to tackle discrimination against women in the Arab World.
V. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

I. Special Feature: New BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack: 'Gender and Governance'

Put simply, governance refers to decision-making by a range of interested people (or 'stakeholders') including those in formal positions of power and 'ordinary' citizens. These decisions have a huge impact on the ways in which women and men lead their lives, on the rules they are expected to abide by, and on the structures that determine where and how they work and live. They also shape how public resources are allocated and whether services take account of both women's and men's needs and interests.

Yet women are often excluded from decision-making, from the household to the highest levels of government and beyond to the global level. Governance processes - emphasising accountability, transparency, responsiveness and inclusiveness - should be a means to social transformation. But they are failing to deliver.

This Cutting Edge Pack hopes to inspire thinking on gender and governance, including how we can ensure that the principles of inclusive, accountable governance go beyond rhetoric. It includes an Overview Report outlining key challenges and opportunities for change, a Supporting Resources Collection providing summaries of key texts, tools, case studies and contacts of organisations, and a Gender and Development In Brief Bulletin with three short articles on the theme. See:

Please note - This Pack will also be available soon in French, Portuguese and Spanish.

II. Quick Guide: Gender and Governance
The following resources are a selection from over 20 resources added to the Siyanda database on gender and governance:

- Producing Shadow Reports to the CEDAW Committee: A Procedural Guide, International Women's Right Action Watch (IWRAW), January 2009
This is a practical guide for non-governmental organisations who wish to use CEDAW to hold their governments accountable for upholding and enforcing women's rights.

- Website: The Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) campaign, Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), January 2009
The GEAR campaign focuses on promoting a stronger women's entity at the UN which is fully funded, led by an Under-Secretary-General, supported by extensive field presence, accountable at all levels, and active in promoting gender mainstreaming throughout the UN system.

- Regional Programme of Gender Responsive Budgeting – Good Practice Systematisation (in Spanish), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Andean Region, August 2008
This document provides a collection of case studies of gender responsive initiatives in the Andean region. Each initiative is described, including context, stakeholders, outcomes, strengths and weaknesses, and there is an analysis of lessons learnt, future challenges and opportunities.

- Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability (in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), January 2008
Who answers to women? The achievement of gender equality depends upon building the accountability of power holders to women so that power holders are answerable for meeting commitments to women's rights and gender equality.

- Political Reform to Increase Quotas for Women in Parliament: The Use of Electoral Gender Quotas in Rwanda, Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme Consortium, June 2007
This presentation highlights how the socio-economic roles of Rwandan women.

- Global Governance, International Development Discourses and National Policy-Making, International Gender and Trade Network (IGTN) and EQUIT Institute, January 2007
This paper looks at the implications that international financial institutions' policies on trade, politics and development have on developing countries, and particularly on women.

- Gender, Governance and the Feminisation of Poverty, chapter 4 in Women's Political Participation and Good Governance: 21st Century Challenges, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), January 2000
This paper examines the links between gender, governance and poverty.

You can find other key resources related to gender and governance in Siyanda at:

The next Siyanda Update, in May 2009, will focus on gender and local governance. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide themes:

III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on women's formal political participation.
The Experts' and Consultants' Database contains names, contact details and areas of expertise of people working on gender specific issues worldwide, and includes some of their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have expertise around women's formal political participation:

- Women's Political Participation in Nigeria, Lewis-Tamoka, T, 2007
- Governance: From the Perspectives of Elected Women Representatives, Joseph, V. (co-authored), 2004
- Achieving a Well-Functioning Parliament from a Gender Perspective. Gender-Sensitive Capacity Building: Models; Standards and Practices, Zakharova, N., 2003
- No Shortcuts to Power: African Women in Politics and Policy-Making, Goetz, A. M., 2003
- Women in Parliament- Perils & Prospects, Ayaz, A., 2003

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,400 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focussed consultancies.

- Search the database:

IV. Other New Resources in Siyanda:

- Gender, HIV and the Church: A Case Study, Marshall, M., Ouédraogo I., Sandilands M., March 2009
- Emerging Issue: The Gender Perspectives of the Financial Crisis, Division for the Advancement of Women, Background Document, March 2009
- Troublesome Masculinities: Masculinities in Trouble, Greig, A., January 2009
- DAC Guiding Principles for Aid Effectiveness, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), December 2008
- Speaking Out: How the Voices of Poor People are Shaping the Future. All Papers (in English, French and Spanish), Rowlands, J., November 2008
- Changing their World: Concepts and Practices of Women's Movements, Batliwala, S., November 2008
- On the Way to Improved Legal Reality. Strategies and Instruments Used to Tackle Discrimination against Women in the Arab World, Sabra, M., August 2008

You can locate more new resources added to the Siyanda Database here:,
or through the Simple Search function at:
(copy and paste the title without characters such as ":" ";" and "-" or copy and paste the author's last name into the Search box).

V. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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