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Briefs: The Impact Of The Crisis On Women

This series presents different sub-regional perspectives on the impacts of the crisis on women’s rights.

Women are at the centre of the fallout from the systemic crisis, which combines distinct interlocked crises: a global economic recession, the devastating effects of climate change, and a deepening food and energy crisis.

This systemic crisis is now a driving force behind many policy choices and processes at all levels (from the local to the global). In a context where most of the responses to the crisis are gender-blind, women’s rights and gender equality must not be further overlooked. This is not simply because women are particularly affected by the crisis, but also because they are key development players in most communities around the world. Women are relevant and vital actors in proposing effective approaches to mitigate the impacts of the crisis, promote empowerment strategies, and ensure the fulfilment of human rights, including environmental, economic, social, and cultural rights.

The development model promoted in the past decades is clearly in crisis and women’s groups have experiences, lessons learned, and expertise that can contribute to promote a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and democratic development model.

It is in that spirit that the authors of these briefs accepted the challenge to explore answers to the following questions:

  • Considering the diversity of situations in which women live, what are the main challenges for women in your sub-region in the context of the current crisis?
  • Can you identify concrete actions or initiatives (responses to the crisis) that have already had either negative and/or positive impacts on women’s lives?
  • Are women’s groups in your region experiencing increased discrimination as a direct or indirect result of the financial crisis?
  • If stimulus packages are not inclusive of human rights and gender equality perspectives then are there any alternatives so that these packages are reshaped in order to include gender and rights dimensions?
  • If the governments of the region/sub region (or regional bodies) have not set up any stimulus packages or measures yet: what do you expect will be the impact of not tackling the crisis in a timely way at the national and regional level?
  • What are potential future impacts on women in your region in the context of a global recession? Which are the most outstanding weaknesses of the region in regards to the economic crisis?
  • The UN Stiglitz Commission and the G20 are trying to identify international initiatives to reduce the impact of the crisis on development. Do you think these global initiatives consider challenges confronted by women, and how to help women in your region face the crisis?

Brief 1Latin America

Social and Gender
Impacts of the Economic Crisis

By Alma Espino y Norma Sanchís

Brief 2 Caribbean

The Impact of the Crisis on Women in the Caribbean

By Rhoda Reddock y Juliana S. Foster

Brief 3 Asia

The Impact of the Crisis on Women
in developing Asia

By Jayati Ghosh

Brief 4 Pacific Islands

The Impact of the Crisis on Pacific
Island Women: A Snapshot

By Karanina Sumeo

Brief 5 Central Asia

The Impact of the Crisis on Women in Central Asia

By Nurgul Djanaeva

Brief 6 Western Africa

The Global Financial Crisis and Women
in West Africa: Developing Impacts and
the Implications of Policy Responses

By Dzodzi Tsikata

Brief 7 Western Europe

The Impact of the Crisis on Women in West Europe

By Wendy Harcourt

Brief 8 Eastern Europe

The Impact of the Crisis on Women
in Central and Eastern Europe

By Ewa Charkiewicz

Brief 9 United States

Impact of the Crisis on Women
in the United States of America

By Rania Antonopoulos & Taun Toay

Brief 10 Eastern Africa

The Impact of the Systemic Crisis
on Women in Eastern Africa

By Zo Randriamaro

Brief 11

The Impact of the Crisis on Women:
Main Trends across Regions

By Natalie Raaber

Also available in Arabic

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