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Gender Equality Mainstreaming Digest – May 2018 Issue

Here are the highlights of this month’s Gender Equality Mainstreaming Digest! Click HERE for the full version.

Wild Prairie hare showing seasonal variation in fur colour as an adaptation to environment and in response to day length. Photo courtesy of D. Ceplis.


Opportunities and Upcoming Events:

Scholarship from Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation – Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation awards six $2,500 scholarships annually to Canadian Grade 12 students who are entering into an accredited agriculture college or university.

Scholarships are awarded to students based on a combination of leadership attributes, academic standing, and an essay response to the question, “What do you consider to be the three main opportunities for the Canadian agriculture industry and which one inspires you the most?”

One scholarship will be awarded in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Québec, with one additional scholarship to be awarded in the rest of or all of Canada.
Entries must be received by CABEF on or before April 30, 2018 5:00PM EST.

Plant Agriculture PhD Investment Initiative – The University of Guelph’s Department of Plant Agriculture in Guelph, Ontario has launched a new PhD Investment Initiative worth $150,000 (over four years) for highly-qualified domestic PhD applicants.

The department is looking for the best and brightest students to join its PhD research program. Research in the department focuses on a variety of interests in the areas of:

  • biochemistry and physiology
  • breeding and genomics
  • production systems
  • bio-products

For those wishing to start in Spring 2018 please contact us as soon as possible.

Canadian perspectives on the Global Food Policy Report – The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), partnering with CGIAR’s International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and with the collaboration of Global Affairs Canada, is hosting the Canadian launch of IFPRI’s 2018 Global Food Policy Report.

Open to the public through registration, this event will showcase Canadian perspectives on the current opportunities—and challenges—facing public servants, researchers, thought-leaders, policymakers, and key stakeholders in agriculture and food policy.
IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan will deliver a special presentation highlighting the Report’s findings, followed by a dynamic panel discussion moderated by IDRC’s Senior Program Specialist, Jemimah Njuki. The cross-sector subject matter specialists will explore some of the pressing issues and potential impacts on global food systems, as Canada prepares to host the G7 summit, including the role of women and girls.

Event date: May 1, 2018. Location: Delta Hotels Marriott Ottawa City Centre.
This event will be videotaped and available on IDRC’s YouTube channel, click here.

This Month’s News:

Make Diversity Possible – Make Possible was developed in 2014 by members of SCWIST (Society for Women in Science and Technology) with funding support from Status of Women Canada to attract, retain and advance women in science and technology.

Gender diversity research shows a variety of challenges facing women. In SCWIST surveys and industry research, women identified the lack of mentorship support as a major barrier to career advancement in these fields.

SCWIST recognized the need for a trusted support network to advance women in careers like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Make Possible is a free online platform where people can mentor and be mentored, create networking connections, focus on professional development and achieve their career aspirations.

2018 Diversity Challenge: What Can YOU Do to Make DIVERSITY Possible?

  • Reach ahead & then reach back to pull others forward
  • Thank your supporters & then help someone else
  • Be a role model: dream big & go for it
  • Reach out today & connect with someone new in MakePossible: Over 890 women & men with diverse skills, expertise & career experience
  • Find one person & send them a message
  • What can you learn from them? What can you share with them?
Reports Publications and Resources:

Gender Equality Mainstreaming for Business Growth and Impact – The Gender Equality Mainstreaming (GEM) Framework is an approach that is presented here as a how-to manual – a practical guide and toolkit – for assessing gender equality, and identifying, implementing and measuring gender equality mainstreaming strategies within companies. The framework builds upon the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment standard by mainstreaming gender across a range of ESG criteria.

Designed for investors and capacity builders, the ultimate aim of the framework is to transform companies to be more gender equitable while supporting business growth and impact.

The GEM Framework is made up of two parts:

  • Part A is the introduction to the GEM Framework. It includes the rationale for gender equality mainstreaming and ESG, what the Framework is, who it is for, the benefits of using it, and how it can be applied.
  • Part B is the step-by-step manual describing how to implement the GEM Framework. The manual is organized into six steps. Each step includes guidance and a specific set of tools for investors and capacity builders.

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