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IFAD, FAO, and WFP celebration for International Women’s Day

The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have the pleasure to invite you to join them in celebrating the 2016 International Women’s Day at WFP Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The joint International Women’s Day event will take place on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the WFP Auditorium. 

The theme for the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality’’.

More information is available below and in this event flyer: 2016 International Women’s Day

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Training program for social scientists on gender and agriculture research

A training program on Researching Gender and Agriculture is being held in Nairobi over 2016. Applications are due at the end of February.  Participants are responsible for all costs. See the flyer for more information:  Researching Gender and Agriculture pdf

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Understanding Women and Migration: A Literature Review

Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) and Development Indicators Group (DECIG) cordially invite you to a seminar

Understanding Women and Migration: A Literature Review

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Venue: MC C1-100


Anjali Fleury, Consultant, World Bank Group


Benedicte de la Briere, Lead Economist, Gender, World Bank Group

David W. Yang,  Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID


Lisa McGowan, Senior Specialist for Gender Equality, Solidarity Center

Rosemary Vargas-Lundius, Chair, KNOMAD Cross-Cutting Theme Gender

Understanding the intricacies of gender and migration can result in programs and policies that enhance the benefits and decrease the economic and social costs for female migrants, who make up half of the global migrant population.This report provides a comprehensive assessment of gender and migration literature, finding that migration can improve the autonomy, human capital, and self-esteem of women, as well as boosting their authority and perceived value in families and communities.Migration can also advance more equitable social norms and improve women’s rights and access to resources, despite some notable constraints such as restrictive social norms or laws, gender and racial discrimination, and gender-specific vulnerabilities.


Full version of KNOMAD’s Working Paper 8.


External participants, please contact: Irma Carrasquero (email: icarrasquero@worldbank.org) to RSVP and request a visitor’s pass.

Please contact knomad@worldbank.org or migrationandremittances@worldbank.org with questions or comments

Refreshments will be served.

***ALSO: Call for Papers: Forced displacement and gender issues

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Call for papers: Migration, gender and agrarian change in the Global South

The International Water Management Institute has published a call for papers for a panel session on Migration, gender and agrarian change in the Global South” at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) conference from August 31st to September 2nd in London.


There are an estimated 214 million international labour migrants and 740 million internal labour migrants worldwide. The impact of migration on receiving countries and regions has received unprecedented public and policy interest in recent years. However, migration also has a far reaching impact on rural economies and the trajectory of change in agriculture within the Global South. Understanding the relationship between migration and agrarian change is a classic ‘nexus’ challenge. The out-migration of men and youth in particular, can result in transformations in gender relations in agriculture, changes in how natural resources are managed, new patterns of investment, and reconfigured power relations and geographies of inequality. However, the character of these agrarian transformations over time and place are mediated by larger scale processes such as climate change and regional or global political economy – the same processes which drive migration in the first place.
This event will bring together case study research on migration and rural change in the Global South to generate dialogue and debate on rural transformation in migrant sending regions and countries, to identify a research and policy agenda.

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Digitizing Financial Solutions to Advance Women’s Economic Participation

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Presenter(s): Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Better Than Cash Alliance, and Dr. Leora Klapper, The World Bank
Date: February 4, 2016 – 9:00am10:30am
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We recognize that greater participation by women in national economies can drive economic growth and stability, but how do we increase this participation? Digital financial services present an innovative way to improve women’s economic participation. With digital infrastructure providing increased access to relevant financial services, women are gaining greater control over resources, improving the performance of their enterprises and participating more in market opportunities.

This month we will discuss how national governments, the private sector and the donor community converge around digital financial solutions to advance women’s economic participation and expand innovative financial inclusion.

The presenters will share insights from the recent report to the G20 Partnership for Financial Inclusion: Digital Financial Solutions to Advance Women’s Participation, written by the World Bank Development Research Group, the Better Than Cash Alliance, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Women’s World Banking. The presenters will also discuss how these insights apply to strengthening market systems to achieve global development goals.

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The World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics

At the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Governments adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which “seeks to promote and protect the full enjoyment of all human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all women throughout their life cycle.” Guided by these principles, the World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics presents the latest statistics and analyses of the status of women and men in areas of concern identified by the Platform for Action. It also reviews progress towards gender equality over the past 20 years. The publication is the sixth edition in a series.

The World’s Women 2015 comprises eight chapters covering critical areas of policy concern: population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment, and poverty. In each area, a life-cycle approach is introduced to reveal the experiences of women and men during different periods of life—from childhood and the formative years, through the working and reproductive stages, to older ages.

The statistics and analyses presented in the following pages are based on a comprehensive and careful assessment of a large set of available data from international and national statistical agencies. Each chapter provides an assessment of gaps in gender statistics, highlighting progress in the availability of statistics, new and emerging methodological developments, and areas demanding further attention from the international community. In addition to the data presented in the chapters, a wide selection of statistics and indicators at the global, regional and country levels can be found in the Statistical Annex of this report.

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Webinar: Strengthening women’s rights in land governance: Experiences from Tanzania

IIED will be hosting a webinar on ‘Strengthening women’s rights in land governance: experiences from Tanzania’, as part of their Legal tools for citizen empowerment initiative.

Speakers include: Helen Dancer, Barrister and Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and Naseku Kisambu, Director of programmes at the Tanzania Women Lawyer Association (TAWLA).

Why should you attend? Recent research shows that agricultural investments have differentiated impacts on men and women. However, women’s participation in decision making processes relating to land is often extremely limited and their voices are rarely heard. This webinar will shed light on the gendered impacts of commercial agriculture and the question of women’s voice and participation in decision making processes relating to land governance.

When? Tuesday 2 February 2016

What time? 19.00–20.30 (Phnom Penh), 15.00–16.30 (Dodoma), 14.00–15.30 (Maputo), 12.00–13.30 (London)

Where? From your desk or portable internet device (NB: webinars are online workshops that people can attend from their desk or portable internet device).

Who can attend? The invitation is open to anyone within your organisation who might find the topic relevant and, of course, more than one person in your organisation can join in.

How? Please email legaltools@iied.org to sign up


For more information, please see the flyer.


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