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Key Demands From Women’s Rights Organizations And Gender Equality Advocates To The Fourth High Level Forum On Aid Effectiveness (Busan, Korea, 2011) And The Development Cooperation Forum (2012)

Feminists, gender equality and women’s rights activists and organizations mobilizing on the road to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) to be held in Busan on 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2011 reaffirm their vision for transformation and offer concrete recommendations for improving the international development cooperation architecture in a set of key demands.

They are calling on governments and other relevant development actors to consider the following six imperatives:

1- Any new development cooperation framework to be agreed in Busan should be based on human rights, including women’s rights.

2- A new equitable development cooperation system for gender equality and women’s rights should be under the United Nations.

3 - Development effectiveness requires democratic ownership by women and meaningful and systematic participation by civil society, especially women’s and feminist organizations.

4- Promote multiple accountability systems for women’s rights and gender equality, improving existing monitoring systems.

5- Financing for Development: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights must go beyond mainstreaming

6 - Development cooperation to the countries in situations of fragility and conflict must acknowledge the differential and disproportional impact of armed conflict on the lives and rights of women and girls.

See the demands in full (PDF)

This document is also available in Russian  

After receiving several inputs and endorsements from civil society organizations - especially women's rights organizations - and in reaction to the recent developments on the Road to the HLF-4 in Busan, a new strengthened, updated text of the Women's Key demands for Busan and beyond is out.

The new version above includesmore than fifty CSO endorsements will be used again to advocate for gender equality and women's rights at the upcoming WP-EFF meetings in Paris on October 5-6. On behalf of the drafting committee of these key demands (composed by WIDE, AWID, FEMNET, APWLD, Coordinadora de la Mujer Bolivia, AAI, Red Activas and the support of many women's rights organizations around the world), we want to thank all of the CSOs that supported these key demands and those that sent their inputs and feedback.

The text will continue to be a living document open for new endorsements and comments as a new development cooperation framework is taking shape in Busan and beyond. If you wish to send your reactions/support to this new updated text please do so by writing to

We encourage you to disseminate widely among your networks, websites or contacts. Women's groups currently in Paris attending the BetterAid Coordinating Group meeting will keep you posted on official negotiations.

Article License: Creative Commons - Article License Holder: AWID


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