A global status quo
Massive economic inequality has become the global status quo. This inequality is particularly 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.
The rising power and extended reach of corporations in the current era of globalization and extreme inequality is an urgent challenge confronting women and oppressed peoples today. Deplorable working conditions, appropriation of community land and natural resources, lack of access to quality public services, and the invisibility of unpaid and low paid informal work are some of the impacts of the current status quo that need to change.
We demand a rights-based approach to development with women’s rights at the centre.
Need for a structural transformation
Women and other oppressed peoples have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of struggles worldwide to challenge inequality and economic and political systems based on natural resource extraction, labour exploitation and multiple forms of discrimination.
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 by:
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 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;
Encouraging 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 to highlight how the economy is affecting women’s lives, while pressing for recognition of women’s struggles, knowledge, propositions and aspirations.