Massive economic inequality has become the global status quo and is evident in disparity of consumption as well as income – 1.2 billion impoverished people account for only 1 per cent of world consumption while the million richest consume 72 %. The current economic model with its strong focus on profit-led growth is increasingly recognized for its role in perpetuating this inequality and poverty – and women are impacted disproportionately across the globe.
As the United Nations moves into negotiations among governments to develop the next international development consensus post-2015, including the new set of Sustainable Development Goals, women’s rights groups are concerned that the framing and goals being put forward are based on the same old model of economic growth. We demand a rights-based approach to development with women’s rights at the centre.
AWID prioritizes strategies that confront and address the failures of current economic models. Beyond putting human rights at the centre and demanding women’s rights and justice within the existing global economy, we focus our efforts on bringing about structural transformation. We facilitate and strengthen the involvement of diverse women’s rights organizations and activists, including young feminists, in building just economic alternatives and influencing major development policy processes.
Strengthening the capacity of women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements to engage in deeper exchange, learning, reflection and informed action on the ways in which economic forces and systems affect them;
Supporting the opening and defending of public spaces in which women can meaningfully participate in the promotion of alternatives and the democratic development of their communities, territories and societies;
Supporting the participation of feminist and women’s rights groups within international arenas of governance to advance their agendas for just economies;
Commissioning feminist research, analysis, and documentation of the ways in which the economy is affecting women’s lives, while amplifying and pressing for recognition of women’s struggles, knowledge, propositions and aspirations.