CSOs call for open public consultation on the IMF’s forthcoming Gender Strategy


81 civil society organisations call on the IMF Board to support an open and meaningful public consultation process around the forthcoming Gender Strategy.

Dear Executive Directors to the International Monetary Fund, 

We write to request that you support an open and robust public consultation on the IMF’s forthcoming Gender Strategy.  

We have learnt that the IMF’s new Gender Advisor, Ratna Sahay, will be presenting the first draft of the Gender Strategy to the Board in early February, with the plan to finalise the strategy by March. Civil society organisations, trade unions, and especially feminist women’s rights organisations from across the globe have over the past years been closely involved in the IMF’s gender work, submitting joint positions on the IMF’s overall approach to gender issues and developing in-depth technical proposals for the IMF’s work in this space, for instance in relation to its recently completed Comprehensive Surveillance Review. 

We are reaching out to ask for your support for an open and meaningful consultation process around this Gender Strategy. We have been informed that there will be a CSO meeting ahead of the February Board meeting, but without a commitment to share documentation ahead of time, or to a wider and more robust  consultation process. To engage meaningfully and prepare inputs and suggestions that tie into the actual  strategy effectively, it is crucial that we are given the opportunity to contribute to an actual draft or outline, and that a process be put in place for incorporating CSO recommendations. In particular, given the tight timeline now ahead of us, we are concerned that the CSO consultation will be in name only and limited to commenting on an already finalised document, or that we spend significant time preparing detailed technical proposals without knowing what the strategy covers or aims to achieve. 

While all of the IMF’s work should benefit from rigorous and meaningful CSO engagement, tackling gender inequality is in large part about dismantling structural inequalities to empower those that have been systematically disempowered, marginalised, and made most vulnerable. A genuine commitment to  advancing gender equality therefore requires the meaningful, inclusive participation of women in the policy decisions that impact their lives, which include all areas of the IMF’s work. For that reason, it is particularly important that the IMF actively seeks out the input of women’s rights organisations from the Global South specifically for the development of its gender strategy, in addition to economists with deep expertise such as from the International Association for Feminist Economics, and not default to only speaking to major INGOs or the Fund’s conventional civil society community that is already well-placed to engage with the Fund. 

Moreover, a robust consultation process should entail transparent feedback on how and why comments and suggestions from civil society were taken on or not. 

Civil society and women’s rights organisations bring long-standing experience researching and developing concrete suggestions on these issues, which we hope to contribute to the Strategy’s development. 

If your offices are open to speaking with civil society representatives on any of these issues, we would also be very happy to coordinate an informal meeting ahead of the Board meeting. 

We call on the IMF’s Board to ensure that civil society and in particular women’s rights organisations in the Global South have ample opportunity to feed-in to the Fund’s new Gender Strategy, to ensure that it is robust and fit-for-purpose. 

Sincerely, the undersigned organisations: 

1. ActionAid International
2. The Advocates for Human Rights
3. Arab NGO Network for Development, ANND
4. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
5. Asociación Ciudadana por los Derechos Humanos (Argentina)
6. Associação Mulheres pela Paz
7. Association of War Affected Women
8. Association Women for the Contemporary Society, R. Moldoava
9. ATHENA Network
10. Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal (BBCN)
11. Breakthrough Trust (India)
12. Bretton Woods Project
13. CARE International
14. Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales - CELS (Argentina)
15. Center for Economic and Social Rights
16. Christian Aid
17. D.Woman India
18. Echoes Of Women In Africa Initiatives (ECOWA) (Nigeria)
19. Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)
20. El Karama
21. Eurodad
22. Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM)
23. Financial Transparency Coalition
24. FOKUS - Forum for Women and Development
25. Free the Marginalized Women’s Advocates (FREMWA) (Ghana)
26. Fundación Unidas: Mujeres Construyendo Tejido Social (Colombia)
27. Gender Action
28. Gender and Development Network (GADN)
29. Gestos (HIV and AIDS, Communication, Gender) (Brazil)
30. Global Network of Sex Work Projects
31. Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation
32. Huairou Commission
33. IBON International (Philippines)
34. The Inequality Movement
35. Indigenous Peoples Global Forum for Sustainable Development, IPGFforSD (International Indigenous Platform)
36. International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
37. International Rescue Committee (IRC)
38. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP)
39. Jordanian National Commission for Women
40. KULU - Women and Development
41. Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
42. Man Up Campaign US, Inc.
43. Mujeres Unidas en Salud y Desarrollo (MUSADE) (Costa Rica)
44. Multisectorial De Las Mujeres Y Disidencias (Argentina)
45. MY World Mexico
46. Organized Centre for Empowerment and Advocacy in Nigeria (OCEAN)
47. Oxfam
48. Palestinian Maintenance Fund
49. PA Women's organization Alga
50. Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies
51. Protección Internacional Mesoamérica
52. Public Services International (PSI)
53. Publish What You Pay
54. Radha Paudel Foundation
55. Reacción Climática (Bolivia)
56. Red de Defensoras del Ambiente y el Buen Vivir (Argentina)
57. Red Dot Foundation Global (USA) & Red Dot Foundation (India)
58. Resource Center for Women and Girls (Kenya)
59. Salamander Trust
60. SecurityWomen
61. SEDRA (servicio de desarrollo rural y Agricultura) (Chile)
62. Shirakat - Partnership for Development
63. Sisters of Charity Federation
64. Soroptimist International
65. Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations (SEATINI) (Uganda)
66. Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN)
67. Tax Justice Network
68. Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA)
69. Third World Network (TWN)
70. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF)
71. Urgewald (Germany)
72. Womankind Worldwide (UK)
73. Women Against Rape (WAR) (Antigua)
74. Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)
75. Women for a Change (Cameroon)
76. Women In Development Europe+ (WIDE+)
77. Women in Global Health
78. Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
79. Women's Major Group
80. Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN)
81. WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform (Netherlands)

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  • Emy De Nardi
    published this page in News & Analysis 2022-01-24 17:21:28 +0100