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About Women in Development Europe

Women in Development Europe, WIDE Women in Development Europe WIDE+ is a Europe-based network of gender and feminist specialists, women’s rights advocates, activists, researchers and women’s rights and development organizations. WIDE+ is a new network to which WIDE has given birth after its dissolvement in 2011. In its more than 20 years of existence, WIDE has carried out advocacy, as well as collective capacity and analysis building around international economic and development policy and practice from a feminist perspective. WIDE enabled members and partners to articulate alternatives to the negative impacts of globalisation, and made feminist alternatives visible. WIDE+ builds on this work of developing and voicing a feminist perspective on important development agenda’s and processes, bringing women from Europe and the South together. Interested organizations and individuals can join the informal WIDE+ network by writing to info[at]wide-network.org or contacting a WIDE+ member in their region. WIDE+ vision Our work is enshrined in a feminist vision, which means that we are committed to strengthening women’s rights, as part of a larger struggle for social justice and the human rights of all. A driving principle in our work is the pursuit of gender justice, in the understanding that this can only be brought about if intersecting unequal power relations are addressed, including economic, environmental, social, sexual, racial, generational and ethnic discrimination. Our vision also embraces combating all forms of discrimination, and in particular against migrants, indigenous and LGBTIQ people. We are committed to social transformation. This means we strive for rights-based societies in which everybody has the power to control productive assets and resources, to influence the decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods, to decide over one’s own body and life, and develop to their full potential. A world where the rights and wellbeing of people and the planet are put before profit and where the economy is transformed accordingly at all levels (of societal action). As feminists, women’s and human rights activists we continue to strive for a world in which the implementation of the UN Convention against all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action and all other international agreements on women’s rights are respected and implemented in economic and development policies at the local, national and global level. WIDE+ mission We work to create and widen spaces to network and multiply the impact of feminist activists. We promote feminist approaches as alternatives to/against/ /in the face of neoliberal agendas through the praxis of collective democratic empowerment. We aim to transform institutional settings, attitudes, power relations, policies and practices so that they reflect development and economic paradigms that are in line with fundamental human rights. To achieve this, we work in synergy with like-minded organizations and committed individuals, both in Europe and globally. We are convinced that solidarity with numerous feminist, women’s and human rights movements struggling for the same vision and the collective construction of transformative power are cornerstones of our action. We believe that this is the only way to bring about transformative change.
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