Sunday, December 21, 2014

Poverty, Economics and Social Development : Money Matters; Recommendation 3

a)      Develop an alternative macro-economic framework, based on women’s human rights approaches, that institutionalizes feminist economics at all levels and in all policy domains. Facilitate monitoring by women’s organizations.
b)      Institutionalise and implement gender responsive budgeting at all levels and in all policy domains, including in government procurement policies.
c)      Reform all national tax and other fiscal systems to provide progressive redistributive tax revenues that generate annual revenues sufficient to finance the progressive realization of women's rights, and eliminate all gender discrimination and sex role stereotypes embedded in tax and spending measures.
d)      Eliminate the gender pay-gap and take necessary steps to ensure equal pay for work of equal value.
e)      Ensure labour market policies and practices recognise and value motherhood and family care work, ensure support to balance these responsibilities with flexible work and careers and take effective measures to close the gender pension gap.
f)       Recognise the social and economic value of unpaid care work, and reduce the negative gendered impacts on women through redistribution of care services within and between households and adequate government services.
g)      Address women’s time poverty by resourcing and ensuring access to high-quality public services and infrastructure including clean water, energy, transportation, ICTs, health care and childcare.
h)      Adopt, implement and enforce laws on social protection and against all forms of gender-based discrimination in the labour market and within the economy, including the informal economy.
i)        Ensure women’s access to safe, secure and adequately paid work, free of intimidation, harassment and violence.
j)        Promote women’s entrepreneurship and economic autonomy through equal access to education, training, resources and innovation; with special focus on women in vulnerable situations.
k)      Austerity measures have had a disproportionate negative impact on women, increasing women’s precarious and unpaid care work. Ensure and extend the provision of social protection in times of economic crisis, especially for part-time workers, unpaid care givers, and women working in informal sectors or precarious jobs.
l)        Implement a broad-based program of study and knowledge mobilization on the causes of poverty in response to the unacceptable rates of people living under and around the poverty line in ECE countries.
m)    Regulate and hold companies based in ECE countries accountable for women’s rights and abuses, including banks and multi-nationals, especially in extractive industries in countries around the world. Use the UN guiding principle for Business and Human Rights as a basis for legal frameworks.
n)      Introduce disability-responsive budgeting; invest in programmes to address lack of education and unemployment among women and girls with disabilities; ensure lifelong protection of human rights.

Recommendation 3 from the NGO Forum review of the Beijing Platform for Action

The Geneva NGO Forum appreciates the extensive volunteer support and contributions of women’s and feminist organizations and individuals, as well as all the partners that supported the Beijing+20 NGO Review especially the Governments of Switzerland, the State of Geneva, the City of Geneva, Canada, the Netherlands, and the USA, among others. We deeply extend our gratitude to the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) and UN Women for their collaboration. The forum was convened by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), Geneva. Further information is available on
Fragmento de obra de Roberto Noboa

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