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Beyond the Data: Issues of Inequality and Accountability

Statistical data shows that many African countries have attained gender parity in education. But the reality is that behind these numbers, there are still vast disparities - between and within countries - in access to education.  National data is not unpacked to show how a poor girl, from an ethnic minority, in a dispersed rural area, with uneducated parents is lost in the national statistics.

Girls from wealthy, urban homes with educated mothers are more likely to remain in school and perform well.  But some girls never get to go to school or are withdrawn after just a few years to become child brides, to work or due to violence or other reasons.  Their voices are unheard, their rights to a high-quality education denied, writes GCAP Ambassador and former co-chair Adelaide Sosseh.

 

Get Ready to Move in 2015 !

Running, walking, biking, dancing, flying, in rickshaws or on boda bodas . . . we are going to be on the move, throughout 2015, starting in a place of injustice that we will transform with citizen action and concrete demands to governments and global leaders to create a just world for people and planet, now and for future generations.

Over the next few months GCAP National Coalitions and Constituency Groups will be coming together to make plans as part of an exciting new campaign, Global Moves for Justice 2015 - a flexible campaign action that can be adapted to each national and regional context.  (Read on for more details!)

The development of Global Moves for Justice 2015 follows a six month consultation across the GCAP network -- starting with the November 2013 Global Assembly and adoption of the Johannesburg Call to Action, followed by a Campaign Narrative: “15 Solutions for 2015” and finally Five Mobilisation Ideas which were shared with GCAP National Coalitions and Constituency Groups for feedback.

We learned that there is a certain fatigue around “summiteering” style mobilisations focused on events in New York.  GCAP Coalitions want mobilisations to be connected to local issues that are meaningful to people and then connect these to the global processes.  

What does a Global Move for Justice look like? 

Roberto Bissio at the UN: Making Accountability Meaningful

Taking a 4000 year view of history, Social Watch Coordinator Roberto Bissio recently testified before the United Nations General Assembly that accountability is only meaningful if the powerful can be brought to account.

In the modern world, Bissio argues that this means holding companies accountable not only to their owners and consumers, but to their workers and people affected by their operations as well.  At a minimum, companies 'partnering' with the UN should be subject to the same reporting requirements as NGOs, including financial reports and a demonstrated adherence to human rights and UN principles.

You can watch Bissio's testimony here:

Bissio also describes how power dynamics between rich and 'poor' countries can undermine platforms for 'mutual accountability'.

A Message for the G20's Five Asian Members

The constituents of GCAP Asia and the Asia Development Alliance have sent a clear message to the five Asian members of the G20:  it's time to step up to ensure that equality and equity are pillars of growth and development and that corruption has no place in our nations or communities.  The joint letter, which was drafted at the G20 Civil Summit, is being presented to political leaders and the G20 'sherpas' (government negotiators) from China, India, Indonesia, Korea and Japan.

GCAP Asia and the ADA at the G20 Civil Summit

The G8 draws to a close

The G8 summit has now drawn to a close and the Deerhurst resort in Muskoka will be getting back to normal. The world leaders flew back to Toronto by helicopter with Obama and Cameron flying together to start their bilateral meeting. Apparently Cameron and Merkel will be watching the England v Germany World Cup match together tomorrow and the press are invited can't imagine he'll look anything other than awkward!

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Civil society meets in parallel to FAO World Summit on Food Security in Rome

Civil society around the world has been working on organizing the CSOs Forum parallel to the FAO World Summit on Food Security starting in Rome yesterday.

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