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July 2017
Taking it to the Bank: Gender Issues at the New Development Bank.
by Shubha Chacko
BRICS is a hot topic today. It is the new "kid" or the next big thing in global governance and in macro economics today. The Fortaleza BRICS Summit 2014 saw the announcement of the setting up of a multilateral development bank which would enable lending exclusively by the BRICS states. The New Development Bank (NDB) is one of the youngest Multilateral Development Bank and is significant player because it seen as heralding a challenge to the more powerful actors in the field. One of the NDB's key areas of focus is "sustainable development" is also in line with the universal commitment made to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in September 2015. As the NDB moves to becoming more institutionalized, its sphere of influence is also growing considerably.
These new developments and negotiations point to the need for the feminist agenda to clearly draw up a South perspective for their analysis and perspective. Formed in 2016, the BRICS Feminist Watch (the Watch) is a feminist alliance from BRICS countries that brings the collective strength of feminist analysis and activism to promote gender responsive inclusive economic development. Since its formation, the Watch has been part of meetings in Brazil and in India with NDB representatives.
PWESCR undertook this research on behalf of BRICS Feminist Watch. To bring a feminist analysis to multilateral banks and to larger issues of development finance continues to be a challenge. I hope this paper contributes to our ongoing struggles to strive for gender justice within these new structures and institutions.

Published by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 32

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August 2015
GARIMA
Training Manual on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

This training manual (in Hindi) is meant for trainers interested in conducting women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights training in the community level. It focuses on human rights and provides issue-based explorations on poverty, vulnerability, marginalisation, and discrimination from a gender perspective. Gender, patriarchy and feminism,feminisation of poverty, dignity, the key principles and procedures of human rights such as equality, non-discrimination, and state obligation are some of the themes covered in the manual. The manual has been designed in a user-friendly and interactive way. With its various activities and icebreakers described in a simple language, trainers can easily train others and adopt various methodologies to make their sessions vibrant. The approach adopted provides for experiential sharing and learning from each other.
Published by: PWESCR
No. of Pages: 106

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August 2015
Human Rights for All
International Covenant on Economic, Social And Cultural Rights
A Handbook
This Handbook is mainly for human rights practitioners who want to familiarise themselves with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and use the human rights framework in their on-going work. There is a critical need to build capacity, develop leadership, promote a gender analysis for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ( ESCR) advocates and create tools to raise awareness of women's ESCR. The handbook consists of information connected to ESCR including the detailed covenant, enforcement mechanisms, state obligations and useful ESCR resources.
Published by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 4

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July 2015
Financing for Development: Addis Ababa and Beyond
Feminist Perspective from the Global South

The publication is set in the context of preparatory debates on the Financing for Development (FfD), which have extensively highlighted the growing relevance of non-ODA financing modalities as mechanisms to address the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the Third International Conference on FfD in Addis Ababa is to address the drawbacks of the MDG framework and get United Nations member states to negotiate a political agreement on how to finance development for the post-2015 development agenda, the paper argues that the global negotiations on financing policies to address poverty reduction, social inequalities, sustainable infrastructure and climate change should look at the development challenges in a holistic manner. Stating FfD as a feminist issue, the brief argues that for financing to be effective in reducing poverty and delivering sustainable development, it needs to benefit women and men equally and contribute to empowering women and building equitable societies. The gendered division of labour, particularly unpaid work and gender-based labour market segregation, is not addressed properly in current discussions on FfD. As women carry the burden of poverty in and out of the households in the whole of global South, FfD needs to take women onboard in order to achieve financial development for the household, community, country and eventually, the entire region. The reach and efficiency of human rights instruments are limited by the non-scrutiny and unaccountability of various actors involved in larger macroeconomic policy decisions. A strong regulatory mechanism at country levels should be created to build institutional capacities to deal with private sector investments which violate human rights. All monitoring and regulatory mechanisms must be designed and implemented from a South perspective, fully adhering to the development realities of South. South governments should not be forced to work on the monitoring guidelines and frameworks developed by the North.
Published by: PWESCR
No. of Pages: 4

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May 2015
Women’s Work Counts
Feminist Arguments for Human Rights at Work
The feminist and human rights approaches discussed in this paper advocate a radical rethinking of work that begins with women’s experience of work in their lives. The paper calls upon the need for identification of assumptions and values that are not respectful or sensitive to women’s experience and needs of work, the examination of gender biases and inequalities that are present in institutions, structures, and actors that are critical to the operationalisation and achievement of rights, the dismantling of the apparatus that supports the gender unequal/discriminatory operationalisation of the rights including policies, institutions, systems and structures and practices that propagate these inequality. It brings to the fore critical issues that need to be addressed by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in order for the achievement of substantive equality and realisation of women’s right to work and their right to just and favourable conditions of work.
Written by: Radhika Desai
Number of Pages: 38

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February 2015
The African Regional Human Rights System

The publication narrates the origins of the African regional human rights mechanisms. It elaborates the normative framework and rights recognised in the regional human rights treaties in the region. It also focuses on how to use these monitoring and enforcement mechanisms and some of the challenges faced in doing so. This is a learning tool for human rights defenders, and especially trainers from the region interested in conducting training on human rights. With a focus also on civil society engagement in the regional human rights mechanisms, the publication provides useful insights at a practical level. The publication will enhance your knowledge on African regional human rights mechanisms.
Written by: Getahun Atey Kassa
Number of Pages: 26

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January 2015
Women, Seeds and the Right to Food for All
The paper discusses the need for recognising women as food producers. Women should be at the centre of any food security strategy as it is the most cost-effective measure to reduce hunger and malnutrition for all. Seed policies should recognise women's role in seed systems and should balance the need for innovation for preservation and enhancement of crop diversity. Failure to recognise their role will result in misguided policies and programmes with higher levels of poverty and food and nutrition insecurity.
Published by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 4

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December 2014
Women’s Livelihoods: Emerging Opportunities in Forest Economies of India
This study looks at whether things have changed for women living in the forests of Jharkhand and Assam. It tries to map the relationship between the policy framework of the government for forest regions and its practical applicability. As an outcome of rigorous field research in the remote villages of the two states, the study reiterates that the role of women as economic agents and their contribution to the Gross National Product through agro forestry and by collecting a variety of non-timber forest produce deserve to be recognised in future policy framing exercises.
Written by: Uma Ramaswamy
Number of Pages: 58

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November 2013
Women and Social Security and Protection in India
National Conference
May 6 – 7, 2013
A Report
Written by Anupma Mehta
Number of Pages: 36

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September 2012
New perspective on NGO reporting to the
UN Committee on Economic,Social
and Cultural Rights: Challenges and Opportunities
by Rukmini Dutta
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 8

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November 2011
Dignity & Human Rights – The Missing Dialogue?
Report of a Meeting at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Bellagio, Italy
April 7-10, 2009
Authored by: Barbara Y. Phillip
Number of Pages: 68

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3 July 2011
Locating Women’s
Livelihoods in the
Human Rights
Framework
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 12

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30 March, 2010, Chennai, India
Women's Productive Resources
Realising the Right to Food for All
A Roundtable with the UN Special Rapporteur
on the Right to Food

Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 85

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July 2011
Meet the Leaders
Leadership Institute in Women's
Economic Social & Cultural Rights
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 60

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August 22-23, New Delhi, India
Global Financial and Economic Crises and its impact on Women
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 66

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July 2010
Women and Livelihoods
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 32

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July 2010
Behind the Scenes Action: Learning from a Collective Process
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 35

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Jan 2009
Our Land, Our Water, Our Forests, Our Identity - Our Livelihoods
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 1

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Jan 2009
Our Livelihoods are Our Human Rights
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 1

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Jan 2009
Uprooted Lives - Livelihoods Destroyed
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 1

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Jan 2009
Our Dignity - Our Livelihoods

Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 1

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Jan 2009
Livelihood are every Women’s Human Rights
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 2
Size of report: 10.1 X 14.2 inches
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Concept Paper
The Genesis, The Motivation and The Conceptual Framework

Authored by: PWESCR

Number of Pages: 4
Size of report: 8.5 X 11.0 inches
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June 2008
Fact Finding Mission Report 1
Dalit Women in Rajasthan
Status of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 50
Size of report: 8.5 X 11.0 inches

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April 2008
”Social Security- A Women Human Right” by Priti Darooka

Authored by: PWESCR

Number of Pages: 20
Size of report: 8.5 X 11.0 inches
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April 2008
Divided Destinies Unequal Lives – Economic Social and Cultural Rights and Indian State”
NGO report to The United Nations Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights

Authored by:People Collectives for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Number of Pages: 111
Size of report: 8.5 X 11.0 inches
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March 07
Month Year Thoughts on Dignity, by Barbara Y. Phillips
A concept note on Dignity

Authored by:PWESCR

Number of Pages: 8
Size of report: 8.5 X 11.0 inches
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Jan 2007
“I work without Rights” Picture Card

Authored by: PWESCR

Number of Pages: 1
Size of report: 8.5 X 11.0 inches
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October 2007
”Women & Social Security” Booklet
A premier on negotiation social security for women

Authored by:PWESCR

Number of Pages: 16
Size of report: 5.5 X 8.5 inches
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Jan 2007
Crossing Boundaries, Women and Economic Social and Cultural Rights
Status of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
Authored by: PWESCR
Number of Pages: 36
Size of report: 8.5 X 11.0 inches

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