Gender Equality Blog

The Believe in Change toolkit

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:33

When I started working as the first dedicated Gender Advisor at CAFOD nine years ago I wondered what it would be like - working on the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights in a Catholic organisation. Well, I can tell you this - it wasn’t always easy. The term ‘gender’ was then and continues to be now a hot potato, sparking heated debates in every gender training I had delivered over these years, both in Europe and in the many countries CAFOD’s partner organisations work in.

How the "Gender Approach" is shaped by partners in rural areas of the Great Lakes Region

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:03

During Lent, most CIDSE member organisations run campaigns on a particular theme, showcasing the work of partners in the Global south and their own work at the national and international level. The objective of these campaigns is to raise awareness and political and financial support for their work and that of their partners.

Women’s special assets in defending the environment

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:59

A conversation with Mirtha Vásquez, a lawyer with GRUFIDES in Cajamarca, Peru.

Trudeau government brings an ambitious feminist vision to Canada’s foreign policy, but no budget to bring it to light

Friday, 19 January 2018 09:57

Since Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced to the world that “Canada is back!” after his election in 2015, the world has been watching our self-identified feminist Prime Minister to see if he is truly bringing our country back on to the global stage. So far, he has named a cabinet with gender parity and then launched a “Feminist International Assistance Policy” (FIAP). This year, Canada will continue to be in the spotlight as we host the G7, while continuing to campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2021.

Women affected by the dam failure fighting against the power of big business

Friday, 15 December 2017 13:49

The mining model, as implemented in Brazil, of promoting the extraction of natural resources by the state in conjunction with transnational companies has caused countless socio-environmental conflicts. Mining profoundly modifies production and reproduction in life in the surrounding area, deepening inequality, as does patriarchy, destroying community ways of life and causing an immense environmental impact through the intensive use of electricity and water.