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Gender Equality Mainstreaming Digest – May 2016 Issue

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

Female youth playing netball at a village in Tanzania. Photo courtesy of D. Ceplis.


Opportunities and Upcoming Events:

Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists – The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering postgraduate training fellowships to women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) to pursue research in a field of the natural sciences.  Deadlines for applications: 31 May 2016

Conference: Building Vibrant Rural Futures: Mobilizing Knowledge and Informing Policy – The conference invites stories, presentations, panels, and capacity building sessions on how community organizations, policymakers, and researchers are mobilizing knowledge to inform policy and build vibrant rural futures.  The conference organizers will be issuing a call for presentations in the early spring.  The conference takes place October 12-15, 2016 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

This Month’s News:

UNESCO’s Role in Encouraging Girls and Women in STEM – Despite international commitments, a significant gender gap persists in the science, technology, engineering, math and related fields, coupled with cultural factors and community practices that impede the advancement of girls and women in such sectors. UNESCO has prepared a statement which encourages member states to support activities leading to improved results.

Using ICT to reach Women Farmers – INGENAES is the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services project funded by USAID. INGENAES is working with partners in Bangladesh to improve gender equity of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based agricultural extension. This webinar will present findings on challenges and best practices for reaching women farmers through ICT-based extension, share examples of how gender is currently being addressed, and host a dialogue around next steps and ideas.

Highlights on UN Recommendations for Rural Women’s Rights – Currently representing one-fourth of the world’s population, rural women contribute extensively to agriculture, rural development, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction. On March 4/2016, the United Nations published new recommendations for state governments to acknowledge and protect the rights of rural women through their “General Recommendation no. 34 on the Rights of Rural Women”. The international treaty affirms women as “drivers of sustainable development”, calling for State parties to mainstream gender-sensitive perspectives in all agricultural and rural development policies, strategies, plans, and programs.

Reports Publications and Resources:

Gender in Agriculture Partnership Special Issue: Gender in GCARD3 – The Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP) has released a Special Issue of the GAP Newsletter on the occasion of the third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3), Johannesburg, 5-8 April 2016, considering the question, Why are Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment critical to strengthen Agriculture-Nutrition Linkages?

From Lab to Farm – As part of the celebrations of International Women’s Day, the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)’s launched its new publication “From Lab to Farm”. The publication features 100 inspiring profiles of 2013 and 2014 AWARD Fellows. This powerful publication celebrates the impact AWARD Fellows are making in farms across Africa.

The Gender Equality Mainstreaming (GEM) Working Group of the Agricultural Institute of Canada gathers information and articles on an ongoing basis on gender quality mainstreaming within agriculture, scientific research, rural development, climate change, organizational development and international development.  The views and opinions presented are not necessarily representative of AIC.

Back issues of the GEM Digest are available here.