In October, the Bretton Woods Project (BWP) published an edited volume on the impacts of commonly-prescribed IMF macroeconomic policies on women’s rights and gender equality, titled The IMF and Gender Equality: A Compendium of Feminist Macroeconomic Critiques. The volume forms part of BWP’s Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) Project. The volume explores the impacts of the Fund’s policy advice on tax, expenditure and labour market flexibilisation and demonstrates how these policies often undermine women’s rights and gender equality, calling for the creation of a gender-just macroeconomic framework.
Latest IMF guidance on gender issues raises more questions than answers as it opens the door to impact assessments and alternative macro policies.
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