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International Women's Day 2019 - #EconomicJustice for #GenderJustice

Added 14 Mar 2019

Over the course of the week leading up to International Women's Day 2019 we released a series of graphics featuring the staff of Eurodad and their work areas, with quotes reflecting how Eurodad's work aims to promote gender equality. This series is part of our overall '#EconomicJustice for #GenderJustice' campaign which continues during the Commission on the Status of Women. Follow the hashtags for more information or have a look below if you missed any of our staff members’ quotes.



"By closing tax loopholes, and by tackling unsustainable debt and privatisation of development finance, Eurodad’s work contributes to ensuring sufficient public finance for quality and adequate public services in education, health and infrastructure. These are essential ingredients for women’s empowerment." 

- Jean Letitia Saldanha, newly appointed Director of Eurodad



"Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are currently high on the development agenda as a way to finance infrastructure projects and social services, such as health and education. However, donors and development finance institutions’ support for PPPs runs counter to governments’ commitments under the SDGs and elsewhere to promote gender equality and the fulfilment of women’s rights.

Eurodad works to overcome economic inequalities, including gender inequality, to promote economic justice and maximize the availability of public funding for high quality services for all." 

- Maria José Romero, Policy & Advocacy Manager (privately-backed private finance)



"Inequality has a disproportionate impact on women - we know countries with higher levels of income inequality also generate higher gender inequalities across health, education, labour market participation and representation. The tax system is the most effective tool for redistributing wealth within a country, between countries, as well as between women and men. Eurodad advocates for tax justice to stem the loss of resources in developing countries and works together with civil-society across the globe, to ensure economic justice promotes gender equality and works for everyone." 

- Olivia Lally, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer (tax justice)



"Too often, the impacts of sovereign indebtedness are most heavily felt by the vulnerable or marginalised.  Costly debt servicing reduces the funds available for public service provision, undermining human rights and development. While debt crises are frequently tackled through harsh austerity measures tied to creditors' desires rather than the needs of a country's population. Research shows that women and girls are hit disproportionately by these realities - whether through the erosion of essential public health services, or through post-crisis economic reforms that ignore gendered impacts, for example.

Eurodad continues to push for reform of the global financial system to support human rights compliant debt management and thereby promote gender equality and the rights of women and girls." 

- Mark Perera, Senior Networking & Advocacy Officer



"Official Development Assistance or Aid is the only source of international finance flowing from rich to poor countries that has the specific aim to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities. Nevertheless the way in which aid is delivered often reduces its potential to generate real development that works for communities and people in developing countries and especially women. As we know women are less likely to have an income on their own and rely disproportionately more on public services than men, it matters a great deal to focus ODA on the delivery of public services that are accessible to all. That is why Eurodad advocates strongly for public finance to deliver public services and for robust rules for private sector engagement in the delivery of aid.'' 

- Jan van de Poel, Policy & Advocacy Manager (aid effectiveness)