As part of our ongoing advocacy work around World Bank, IMF,
and other IFI policy, Gender Action partners with other organizations
to ensure women's rights and gender equality. Sign-on letters
are an effective way to convey messages to the IFIs, governments,
the public and other stakeholders, and to build partnerships.
Gender Action signs onto numerous collective advocacy letters.
Below are letters that Gender Action initiated.
Letter to World Bank President Jim Kim on the Third Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake
Three years ago, an earthquake near Port-au-Prince rocked Haiti. Public sector donors, including the IFIs, have committed over US$ 13 billion to the reconstruction and humanitarian efforts. Now is the time to push for accountable aid. In a sign-on letter, Gender Action, Church World Service and 26 partners raise concerns over the World Bank's Haiti policy, calling on President Jim Kim and his staff to respond to Haitians', especially women's, needs and engage civil society proactively towards this goal. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming advocacy events.
World AIDS Day Appeal to Dramatically Increase and Improve World Bank Investments in HIV Treatment and Prevention
Women's Letter to Christine Lagarde!
Gender Action recently sent a letter calling on Christine Lagarde, the new Managing Director of the IMF, to end low-income country debt and austere conditions that IMF loan agreements impose, and to promote expansionary spending to improve rather than harm livelihoods.
Letter to President Obama on IFIs, debt, and gender-based violence in Haiti
Gender Action sent a letter to President Obama to end gender-based violence and debt in Haiti through IFI intervention.
Within a month of sending our letter, the IMF cancelled most of Haiti's outstanding debt.
Letter to World Bank President Zoellick
Gender Action sent a letter to the President of the World Bank urging him to integrate Gender into Bank HIV/AIDS and
Reproductive Health Investments!
Call to Fix the World Bank’s
draft Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Strategy
April 12 to 20th, 2007
Gender Action was proud to take part in this emergency civil
society sign-on action that prevented the World Bank from
weakening its HNP Strategy by effectively omitting all commitments
to Bank funding for family planning and reproductive health.
Women’s Day Call: IFIs Must Stop Contributing to Violence
March 8th, 2007
Gender Action sponsored a call by 126 organizations and individuals
around the world in condemning International Financial Institution
(IFI) investments for intensifying poverty, human displacement,
trafficking in and violence against women, prostitution, sexually
transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, sexual harassment,
and sexual assault. The signatories insist that so long as
the IFIs continue operating, they must stop attaching harmful
policy prescriptions to their loans and meaningfully strengthen
their safeguards to protect women and members of vulnerable
groups. They also demand that the IFIs without any gender
policies or strategies—the International Monetary Fund,
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and European
Investment Bank—develop them, and the IFIs with gender
policies fully implement them.
for Global Actions Against the IFIs
June 15th, 2006
Gender Action and a worldwide network of activists call for
(1) immediate and 100% cancellation of multilateral debts
without conditionalities; (2) an open, transparent and participatory
external audit of IFI lending operations, and; (3) an end
to the imposition of IFI conditions and the promotion of neoliberal
policies and projects including: (a) elimination of IFI-driven
privatization of public services and the use of public resources
to support private profits; (b) eradication of IFI funding
for environmentally destructive projects beginning with big
dams, oil, gas and mining, and; (d) an end to the imposition
of conditions that exacerbate health crises like the AIDS
pandemic and restitution for past practices such as requiring
user fees for public education and health care services.