International Financial Institutions (IFIs) have a large level of power to impact the lives of citizens around the world - particularly groups that are historically oppressed. This guide is all about holding these institutions accountable for their actions. Those actions also include maintaining a commitment to projects and practices that improve the lives of women. After all, as the introductory materials explain, “female citizens are usually underrepresented in consultations for incoming IFI projects that affect their living environments and livelihoods, yet they bear the brunt of the negative impacts that stem from these investments.”
Of course, the mention of an institution’s corporate social responsibility policy is one thing, but following through on these goals to actually improve conditions in communities is quite another. When an institution is attempting to skirt its moral and financial requirements to a local community, group of people, or environmental standards, it’s the time to stand in solidarity and demand better.
Standing up against IFIs in support of women and gender issues around the world is another super valuable outlet for your activist energy, particularly in supporting women with different experiences and expectations of daily life across the globe.
The guide contains:
-explanation of IFIs and their impact on women
-list of IFI’s accountability mechanisms
-how to access the accountability bodies and file a complaint
-where/when it’s essential to stand up against IFI
-success stories from around the world
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