This week, ActionAid Ireland launched A Just and Caring World for Women & Children, our new strategy for 2022 to 2027.
The crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic is intersecting with multiple crisis facing the world – economic inequality, climate crisis, patriarchy, racism and injustice, and growing humanitarian crises including the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, Palestine and Ukraine.
The extreme disparities of power between the Global North and South, driven by centuries of colonial oppression, continue today through climate and economic injustices. In addition, there is a growth of far-right movements and a closing of civil society space. And, there is a growing backlash against women’s movements.
However, despite these profound challenges, women and their organisations remain active, focused and are pushing for change. Now, more than ever, we need to enhance women’s leadership and we need to look for new solutions to care for people and planet. This must include tackling economic and climate justice and other global injustices.
In this context, we launched our new strategy, A Just and Caring World for Women & Children. Our mission is to support the leadership and agency of women and children who are excluded and live in poverty. It sets out four strategic priorities and a further four strategic enablers. And so, the strategy will act as a roadmap for the organisation over the next five years.
The strategy launched at an online event on Monday 4th April 2022, with speakers including:
- Corina Rodriguez Enriquez – Argentinean feminist economist whose research interests include fiscal and social policies, labour market and social protection, income distribution, inequality and poverty, and the care economy.
- Arthur Larock, Acting Secretary-General of ActionAid International
- Karol Balfe – CEO, ActionAid Ireland
This event celebrated the new ActionAid Ireland strategy with a focus on economic alternatives, women led humanitarian response, decolonisation and feminist alternatives to deliver women’s rights. And you can watch back a video of the event here.
Marcelline Budza, from Bukavu in the DRC, is the founder of Rebuild Women’s Hope (RWH). RWH is a non-profit coffee collective set up by Marcelline in 2013 and aims to empower Congolese women. There are now nearly 2,000 members who grow high-quality coffee on Idjwi Island and earn an independent income. In 2017, Marcelline won the prestigious Robert Burns Humanitarian Award. Photographer credit: Pamela Tulizo/ActionAid