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A Safe and Just Space for Humanity

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000

Humanity’s challenge in the 21st century is to eradicate poverty and achieve a prosperity for all within the means of the planet’s limited natural resources. In the run-up to Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, this Discussion Paper is an exploration of what such a model of prosperity might look like.It presents a visual framework – shaped like a doughnut – which brings the concept of planetary boundaries together with the complementary concept of social boundaries, creating a safe and just space between the two, in which humanity can thrive.Moving into this safe and just space demands far greater equity – within and between countries – in the use of natural resources, and far greater efficiency in transforming those resources to meet human needs.As interest in creating Sustainable Development Goals grows, along with debates about reframing the Millennium Development Goals post-2015, this framework proposes a global-scale compass that can help to chart the course.Please note this is a discussion paper, focused on presenting a conceptual framework. Please join the discussion on our 'Doughnut Economics' blog.The original article on nine planetary boundaries (on which this concept builds): A Safe Operating Space for Humanity Language English Subtitle: Can we live within the doughnut?Author: Kate Raworth, Senior Researcher, OxfamGBSite spaces: GROWFreetags: UNSustainable Development GoalsRio 20Millennium Development Goalsdiscussion paperFile Attachments:  A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: Can we live within the doughnut? 1.18 MB Um espaço seguro e justo para a humanidade: Podemos viver dentro de um “donut”? 791.62 KBFrançais Español [...]

Gender Perspectives on the Global Economic Crisis

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 16:27:11 +0000

The economic crisis continues to affect many women and men living in poverty. But how these effects are felt depends, to a large extent, on their relationships with the people and institutions with whom they interact. These relationships are profoundly different for women and men. Unemployment hits poor families hard, regardless of whether it is a man or woman who is laid off. But the chances of a family recovering from this setback is shaped by the different levels of bargaining power that women and men have in the labor market, and their different responsibilities at home. The gender inequalities and power imbalances that predate the current crisis have resulted in its additional afflictions falling disproportionately on those who are already structurally disempowered and marginalized. Although often labelled ‘coping strategies’, the means women find to respond to crises are frequently unsustainable, and are more appropriately conceived of as ‘desperation measures’. Pre-existing inequalities, which include under-representation of women at all levels of economic decision making and their over-representation in informal, vulnerable, and casual employment, are often more significant than gender inequalities arising specifically from the crisis. This paper summarizes the issues raised during a workshop of development and gender practitioners and academics, convened in September 2009, by the international journal Gender and Development, published by Oxfam. For further information or to comment on this paper, email Language English Subtitle: Author: Freetags: povertygendereconomic crisisdiscussion paperglobal economic crisisFile Attachments:  gender-perspectives-global-economic-crisis-feb10_9.pdf 137.81 KBEspañol Français [...]