Network on IANWGE/2002/9
Women and Gender Equality February 2002
New York, 26 February - 1 March 2002
and financing for development
Task Force members:
DAW Stefania Piffanelli
FfD Secretariat: Federica Pietracci (DESA) and Susan Brandwyn
NGLS: Lotta Tahtinen
ILO: Rhitu Siddharth
UNDP: Aster Zaoude and Mumtaz Keklik
UNEP: Beverly Miller (Mieke Jansen)
UNFPA: Wariara Mbugua
UNCTAD: Gloria Veronica Koch
UNIFEM: Shawna Wakefield
OSAGI/DAW: Carolyn Hannan (Task Manager)
IAMWGE in 2001 outlined the two major objectives of the work of
the task force as (i) strengthening the gender perspective in the
issues addressed by the International Conference on Financing
for Development (FfD) in Monterrey, March 2002; and (ii) promoting
awareness-raising and advocacy on gender mainstreaming in the
preparatory documentation, the debates and anticipated outcome
of the conference.
IANWGE requested the task force to work actively to ensure:
reflection of gender perspectives in the documentation and
discussions of the preparatory processes and in the international
and collaboration of the work of the UN system on gender and
and sharing of information between the UN system, other international
and regional organizations, and NGOs and civil society groups
and networks, particularly women's groups and networks, on
gender and FfD;
higher public profile of gender issues in the FfD process.
The task force was also requested to organize:
Day of Dialogue involving government representatives, UN system
and civil society stakeholders on gender and FfD;
one special event during the FfD PrepCom in January 2002,
and one special event during the international conference
in Monterrey in March 2002.
task force met initially on a very regular basis but over time,
in accordance with the guidelines for the work of the IANWGE,
an increasing amount of work was carried out electronically.
task force prepared three documents on gender and financing for
one outlining the work of the task force;
one providing an analysis of the gender perspectives on the
issues on the financing for development agenda; and
one listing the existing mandates for gender mainstreaming
in these areas.
Members of the task force disseminated these documents broadly
during the past year as a means of keeping gender perspectives
on the FfD agenda, particularly in connection with the three
PrepComs in May and October of 2001 and in January 2002.
task force initiated collaboration with NGOs - inviting them to
a task force meeting and providing information on the work of the
task force and possible areas of collaboration to a meeting of
the NGO Caucus at the May PrepCom in 2001. NGO representatives
were also invited to the Day of Dialogue organized by the task force
in February 2002.
Chair of the IANWGE, Ms. Angela King, distributed the task force
documents to the Chairs of the different regional groups and discussed
the importance of bringing gender perspectives into the preparations
of the international conference. During the PrepComs in May and
October 2001, Ms King made statements in plenary, as the Chair
panel discussion on "Gender Mainstreaming in National Budgets:
A Strategy for Ensuring Gender-Sensitive Resource Allocations"
was organized by the task force during the January PrepCom. The
approximately 80 participants included delegates to the Financing
for Development PrepCom, 3rd committee delegates, NGOs and UN
staff. The Chair of the IANWGE, Ms Angela King, moderated the
panel discussion. Presentations were made by Mr. Koen Davidse
(Netherlands Mission), Ms. Ermelita Valdevilla (Philippines national
machinery) and Mr. Edward Mhina (Tanzanian NGO). A video presentation
by Ms. Rhonda Sharp (Australia) was also shown.
task force organized a Day of Dialogue on 25 February in New York
to provide an opportunity for Member States, NGOs, private sector,
UN entities and researchers to dialogue on the gender perspectives
in relation to: national resource allocation, international resources
including FDI, debt, trade, ODA and systemic issues. A plenary
session, moderated by the Chair of the IANWGE, Ms. Angela King,
included a number of keynote speakers (The Executive Coordinator
of the Financing for Development Secretariat, Mr. Oscar de Rojas;
the Chair of the G77, Ambassador Milos Alcalay -Venezuela; and
Professor Isabella Bakker, York University in Canada). Participants
broke broke into working group sessions, led by facilitators,
to discuss the gender perspectives on each of these issues, as
well as the best means to ensure a continued focus on gender perspectives
in the follow-up to the International Conference on Financing
for Development. A report from the Day of Dialogue is being prepared
and will be distributed broadly at the international conference
in Monterrey (18-22 March, 2002), including through a panel, and
within the UN system.
task force produced the following two documents in April 2001:
a) Mainstreaming gender perspectives in issues addressed in the
preparations for the International Conference on Financing for
Development. An initial analysis.
b) Intergovernmental mandates on incorporating gender perspectievs
in the issues covered by the International Conference on Financing
An introductory note on the task force was also prepared: Interagency
Meeting on Women and Gender Equality. Task Force on Financing for
following two statements were made by the Chair of the IANWGE
in plenary sessions of FfD PrepComs:
a) "Gender perspectives on Financing for Development."
(Statement to the Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the
International Conference on Financing for Development in May 2001).
b) "Incorporating gender perspectives in the Financing for
Development agenda." (Statement to the Meeting of the Preparatory
Committee for the International Conference on Financing for Development
in October 2001).
following presentations are available from the panel on national
budgets organized by the task force during the January 2002 PrepCom:
a) Introduction by Ms. Angela King, Chair of the IANWGE: "Opening
Statement on: Gender mainstreaming in national budgets: A strategy
for ensuring gender-sensitive resource allocation."
b) Presentation by Mr Koen Davidse (Netherlands Mission).
c) Presentation by Ms. Ermilita Valdeavilla (Philippines) "Gender
sensitive planning and budgeting. Insights from Philippine experience".
d) Presentation by Mr. Edward Mhina (Tanzania): "Research
collaboration between Government Agencies and NGOs in GBI research
of these documents are (or will be in the near future) available
gender perspectives are not incorporated into the outcome document
from the International Conference on Financing for Development
to the extent desired, it is positive that the Monterrey Consensus
does give some explicit attention to gender perspectives. This
provides an important base to build upon. The Day of Dialogue
was held explicitly to discuss how to stay engaged with the issue
- to continue working to ensure increased attention to gender
perspectives as a central element of financing for development.
process of trying to incorporate gender perspectives into the
preparations for the international conference has been important
as an awareness-raising exercise. Many of the delegates at the
PrepComs have not had much previous exposure to gender perspectives,
since they come from Ministries of Finance or work with the 2nd
Committee of the General Assembly. The preparatory process has
provided a unique opportunity for dialogue on gender perspectives
on the issues addressed by the international conference and a
much more conducive environment for discussing gender in relation
to the financing for development agenda has been created.
to the conference, particularly in those UN entities working on
the issues raised in the conference - such as UNCTAD, WTO, World
Bank, IMF, ILO, UNDP and the regional commissions - will be critical
for ensuring consolidation of the awareness raising and important
changes in policies and programmes.
major constraint to the work of the task force, particularly in
organizing side events or the Day of Dialogue, which required
resources to bring participants from the South, has been a total
lack of financial resources. This caused undue delays in organizing
for the future
task force will collaborate with WEDO in organizing a panel at
the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey,
18-22 March 2002. The outcome of the Day of Dialogue will be presented
at a second panel organized by the task force.
most appropriate follow-up to the International Conference on
Financing for Development should be undertaken within individual
entities. The task force believes that its work is completed after
the preparation of a final report for submission to the IANWGE
in February 2003.
points for discussion by the Network
In what ways have individual entities tried to bring gender perspectives
into the preparations being undertaken for the International Conference
on Financing for Development, especially in those UN entities
working directly with the issues raised in the conference - such
as UNCTAD, WTO, World Bank, IMF, ILO, UNDP and the regional commissions?
To what extent were these initiatives successful? What were the
main constraints and potentials?
Was the work of these individual entities supported at all by
the work of the task force? In what ways?
How will these individual entities work to ensure the gender perspectives
are taken into account in all follow-up to the international conference
in their entities?
How will the findings of the Day of Dialogue be used in this context?
How can regular monitoring and reporting on the incorporation
of gender perspectives in all follow-up to the international conference