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Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) was established in 1984 as a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN provides a forum for feminist research, analysis and advocacy on global issues (economic, social and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards, rights and development prospects of women in developing countries, especially poor and marginalized women. DAWN seeks to support women’s mobilization to challenge inequitable social, economic and political relations at global, regional and national levels, and to advance feminist alternatives.


DAWN seeks to bring about a world without discrimination, gender inequality, poverty, violence, and economic injustice; a world that promotes inclusiveness, respects diversity and realizes sexual and reproductive rights for all. In this world, women would have equal participation in the democratic process, and full realization of human rights for all would be achieved.


Securing the human rights of women and girls is contingent upon equitably and ecologically sustainable trade, investment and financial regulations that enable governments to fulfill their human rights and environmental obligations. Without a strong economic foundation, issues such as gender equality, women's rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, and gender justice will go unaddressed.

Advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) need to understanding the links between SRHR and ecological and environmental justice not only to effectively advocate for a comprehensive Post-2015 agenda that includes access to services and comprehensive sexuality education, but also to challenge the macroeconomic structures and policies that compromise funding for SRHR, and undermine state responsibility for SRHR and gender equality.

In August 2013, DAWN held a three-day gender, economic and ecological justice workshop in Montevideo to increase activists’ understanding of the intersection of these issues and how their advocacy for SRHR issues can be integrated into the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Eight feminist activists from across Latin America and the Caribbean attended the workshop, and are now trained to advocate effectively to their government representatives at regional, national, and international negotiations.

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