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Gender Equality Mainstreaming Digest – The January 2016 Issue

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December in Manitoba. Photo courtesy of D. Ceplis.

December in Manitoba. Photo courtesy of D. Ceplis.


Opportunities and Upcoming Events:

Submit Abstract for Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology conference – This year’s conference themes are inspired by “Seizing Canada’s Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation” (2014) and our engagement with the United Nations new sustainable development goals, “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

This Month’s News:

Three reasons gender matters at the Paris climate talks – Tuesday 8 December is ‘Gender Day’ at the United Nations climate negotiations.  This day aims to assert ‘women’s role as leaders, innovators, and change agents in addressing climate change.’ But why is it vital that those making decision on climate change do not ignore gender?

Paris delivers historic climate treaty, but leaves gender untouched – After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 21st UN climate conference (COP21) finally delivered a historic agreement that, for the first time, promises to keep the global warming under 2 degrees Celsius.  Women’s leaders recognized the progress but said that there were still miles to go to make the fight against climate change truly gender inclusive.

Ask the expert: Interview on women’s land rights – The USAID Land Tenure and Property Rights Portal recently interviewed Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI, about women’s land rights.

Reports Publications and Resources:

Closing the gender gap in climate-smart agriculture – In this brief review of recent approaches relevant to climate smart agriculture (CSA) programs, the researcher presents ideas on why emerging CSA policies and plans lack the attention to gender that would enable the transformative change that supporters of CSA claim to seek.

Gender Mainstreaming in Learning for Sustainable Development – This start-up guide provides open and distance learning practitioners and institutions with the information needed to initiate gender mainstreaming processes that will, in turn, facilitate equitable access to, participation in and benefits from learning opportunities for both men and women.

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.