Feminist Finance for All: Call

 Call for Feminist Finance for All – Finance in Common Summit

Women and girls in all their diversity, in particular women of color and indigenous women, are disproportionately impacted by unsustainable investments in extractive industries (oil, uranium) and industrial agriculture and livestock, leading to deforestation. Together with other feminist networks, we see the urgent need to make public finance work for – and not against – women’s rights and a healthy planet, so this initiative is long overdue.

November 6, 2020 - 450 public banks meet from 9-12 of November 2020 at the Finance in Common (FiC) Summit, organised by France with the UN and other international organisations. These development banks and export credit agencies control over $2 trillion USD in public money annually, feminists are calling for them to make strong commitments to human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

The summit aims to reach commitments for long-term sustainability, that will support Covid-19 recovery, and have a positive impact on planet and societies. It aims to “support common action for climate and the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” as well as contribute to the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) and Generation Equality Forums on gender equality.”

Together with other feminist networks, we see the urgent need to make public finance work for – and not against – women’s rights and a healthy planet, so this initiative is long overdue.

The Summit is expected to adopt the “Paris Development Banks’ statement on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” in which banks will commit to gender-responsive climate and biodiversity projects. They will also commit to increase funding for feminist organisations, set targets to increase gender-responsive projects in the bank’s portfolios, and strengthen capacity on gender in their own institutions.

During the Summit, proposed gender-measures will be discussed at three events on November 12, see agenda here, where specific examples of investing in gender, climate and food-security will be looked at.

Women and girls in all their diversity, in particular women of color and indigenous women, are disproportionately impacted by unsustainable investments in extractive industries (oil, uranium) and industrial agriculture and livestock, leading to deforestation. Banks need to ensure a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuel related activities, while securing essential services provision.

Strengthen the statement

We call for further strengthening of the proposed statement on gender equality and women’s rights and empowerment, by including the statement that:

https://www.wecf.org/finance-in-common-summit-hear-our-call-feminist-finance-for-all/

https://www.wecf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FEMINIST-FINANCE_FiC_Brief.pdf

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Source: WUNRN – 07.11.2020