Global Women's Project | Sun, Oct 15, 2006
Overview of the Strategic Partners Initiative and its emphasis on
collaboration in research and analysis of key problems at the local
level in order to identify their linkages to policy decisions at the
national and global levels, and situate them within the context of
similar experiences in the U.S. and abroad - thereby developing a more
comprehensive view of the dynamics currently at work in our world.
Global Women's Project | Sat, Jul 15, 2006
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a popular and much supported set of goals to cut poverty in half by 2015. But will they achieve these goals? This power point presentation takes a hard look at the goals, both their positive and negative dimensions and focuses on Goal 8 as the key for success or failure.
Global Women's Project | Thu, Jun 15, 2006
Agriculture is central to women and women are central to agriculture as
producers, processors, retailers in the cash economy and as consumers
in their role of social reproduction in the care economy. This power
point presentation examines the multiple ways women interact with the
food supply chain.
Global Women's Project | Thu, Feb 2, 2006
There are a series of trade initiatives that are sponsored and/or driven by the U.S. government through a variety of mechanisms which are moving at a rapid pace. Trade and investment policies will have major impacts on the region and globally. The Global Women's Project at the Center of Concern is concerned with the gender and social impacts of trade and investment agreements that favor corporate interests over national sovereignty and the rights of people, the market over real development needs.
The below fact sheets critique the impact that these policies are having on women, their families and their communities. They are designed to serve a proactive role in critiquing and shaping the power relationships behind these policies. Because of our role as gender activists in the North, we recognize and oppose the fact that the U.S. is using a variety of mechanisms to push an agenda which is hindering the common good.
Global Women's Project | Sat, Jan 14, 2006
"A research paper by Alexandra Spieldoch on the reality of trade in the Americas from a critical perspective, crosscutting gender and trade issues in an insight on the impact of trade negotiations within a gendered analysis of society."
Global Women's Project | Fri, Nov 18, 2005
"Kristin Sampson reflects on the growing power of U.S. civil society, including faith-based groups, in her article about the well-organized movement to stop CAFTA and the hope this movement provides. Part of issue #169 of Center Focus."
Global Women's Project | Tue, Sep 6, 2005
"The MDGs represent an attempt to articulate, at the highest political level and in a comprehensive fashion, the priority areas of social, economic and environmental development that need to be pursued in order to reduce poverty and enable sustainable development. The multi-dimensional nature of the goals makes them an important step beyond the use of economic growth as an indirect measure of poverty reduction. The goals are not perfect, nor are they ambitious enough, but their achievement would mark a major step towards a more just world."
Global Women's Project | Thu, Jul 28, 2005
"The Center of Concern deeply regrets the passage of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) by the U.S. Congress last night in a narrow vote of 217 to 215.
Despite staunch opposition by people of faith, women, workers, public health advocates, small farmers, students, and indigenous in all six DR-CAFTA countries, the Bush Administration and Republican leadership have favored the interests of a narrow minority at the expense of many."
Global Women's Project | Fri, Jun 17, 2005
Many involved in the debate around the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) come to the table promoting the idea that the agreement will, as the agreement's preamble states, "create new opportunities for economic and social development in the region." But is that really the case?"
Global Women's Project | Wed, Apr 13, 2005
"The rules of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have been widely criticized by debt campaigners for embodying a model of development that is certain to maintain, if not worsen, the debt woes of its developing country members. In spite of this, CAFTA rules that directly govern the treatment of sovereign debt have received relatively little attention and exposure. In fact, by extending to sovereign debt the application of rules elaborated in the context of investment agreements and with the aim of protection of foreign investors (such as Most Favoured Nation, National Treatment and investor-state arbitration), CAFTA spares no effort to close all possible exits to the debt problems of Central American countries."