Small Change or Real Change?

Commonwealth Perspectives on Financing Gender Equality

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It is now generally recognised that gender equality is essential for sustained economic growth and for democracy, peace and security. Small Change or Real Change? Commonwealth Perspectives on Financing Gender Equality presents key thinking from experts around the world on a topic that is currently of great international concern: how to ensure that sufficient financial resources are available – both through the new aid modalities and from domestic sources – to effect the necessary changes to make gender equality a reality.

The chapters cover the full range of issues around financing gender equality, including implementation of the aid agenda, the implications for gender equality of financing HIV and AIDS interventions, the impacts of trade policies on key sources of financing and women’s need for equal access to affordable finance. Of particular concern is the importance of tracking the gender impact of aid resources (including post-conflict aid) through mechanisms such as gender-responsive budgets and aid effectiveness approaches.

The contributors, all of them development practitioners though from diverse backgrounds, share one common goal: to influence governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations to scale up their commitments to financing gender equality and thus not only make a real difference to the lives of women around the world but also reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.



Financing HIV and AIDS Interventions: Implications for Gender Equality

Gender equality is central to achieving the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] and other development goals, making it important to ensure that aid structures target and monitor progress towards gender equality goals. (UNIFEM, 2006) Try not to get tricked because of love…. [Women] should love them self first, take care of them self and then introduce condoms to their loved one and tell them the reason and if the other person don’t want to use condoms to protect his or herself, then the individual has to stand up and stick out that if there is no condom, there is no love. (HIV-positive Jamaican woman in Haniff, 2006)


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