What funding for gender equality?

Readers' Views No 303, September 2015
OECD Observer

As we embark on adopting a new development agenda, it is an opportune time to put the spotlight on the plight of millions of women and girls around the world who desperately need access to basic services, decent employment and freedom of choice to live a better quality life. Without money and proper funding, gender equality and women's empowerment will never be fully achieved.

Therefore, more and targeted funding is needed in areas of critical importance for gender equality. All actors including donors and private sector need to strengthen financial contributions in order to effectively address gender inequality. Women's organisations and civil society play a critical role in empowering women at the grass-roots level and they need adequate funding to continue this crucial role.

—Samina Anwar, commenting on the online discussion "Mobilising financing for gender equality to deliver on the SDGs in practice", www.wikigender.org, June 2015

Your question is: How can we better mobilise "non-traditional" donors such as the private sector to step up investments in gender equality?

Who is "we"? It seems to me that "we" are all at different levels of access and knowledge about working with the private sector. In the South, the private sector is quite limited, and local organisations do not seem to have the capacity and skills to turn to the private sector. Training and information packs on how to change fundraising practices are clearly needed.

What other new initiatives, funds or partnerships are needed to implement the gender equality agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

I think we should find "champions" in all 17 SDGs among public, private and NGO [representatives] working or funding issues related to each SDG so that mainstreaming really takes place, as well as specific actions. We should maybe work on a global campaign targeting each of the sectors and better "divide" but also co-ordinate the work of gender activists doing this. Would a fund for each SDG be appropriate? Better co-ordination too is needed between different linguistic zones, as not all have the same experience and opportunities dealing with the private sector in particular.

We need to be better able to make visible and capitalise local fundraising initiatives for women's organisations, so that not only large NGOs and institutions capture funds, sometimes at the expense of small organisations, and publicise their work.

—Claudy Vouhé, commenting on the online discussion "Mobilising financing for gender equality to deliver on the SDGs in practice", www.wikigender.org, June 2015 

©OECD Observer No 303, September 2015

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