Fact and Fiction: Examining Microcredit/Microfinance from a Feminist Perspective

This primer provides a definition of microcredit, situates the tool both historically and within present debates on development and economics and finally discusses its impact on particular groups of women.

AWID Think Piece on Fiscal Policy, Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

This brief builds on AWID’s analysis on the impacts of the financial crisis on women and some of the lessons learned by key feminist economists and women’s rights activists on how fiscal policies impact human rights and women’s rights in particular.

Assessing donors' role in promoting women's rights and supporting women's rights organizations

This report is the result of an action research initiative that explored questions about the role of donors and drew insights into possible strategies for changing the existing funding landscape so that more resources are made available to women’s rights organizations.

Civil Society, Community Participation and Empowerment in the Era of Globalisation

In this article, feminist political economist Marilyn Waring looks at international development, civil society and the rights agenda through a feminist movement history lens.

What Gender Equality Advocates Should Know about Taxation

This paper is intended to provide information to assist in the analysis of potential gender bias in tax systems and the design of gender-sensitive revenue measures.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

This primer provides a description of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and some suggestions of its potential to promote gender equality, particularly in an era of globalization. 

Women's Rights, the World Trade Organization and the World Trade Order

This primer describes the World Trade Organization and the relationship between trade policies and gender, and concludes with an agenda for action.

The World Bank and Women's Rights in Development

This primer describes the World Bank, its governance structure and its gender mainstreaming strategy. It concludes with some action suggestions for gender equality advocates.

Intersectionality: A Tool for Gender and Economic Justice

This primer explains what intersectionality is, including its critical role in work for human rights and development, and suggests some different ways in which gender equality advocates can use it.


Women's Work Exposed: New Trends and their Implications

This primer provides an overview of global trends and some strategies which are used to protect women’s worker rights, emphasizing the importance of work issues to all work for women’s empowerment and gender equality.