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Gender 360 Summit for 2015 to target gender equality


FHI360 is hosting the 2015 Gender 360 Summit on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Visit their site to learn more about the summit, and make sure to RSVP by June 3, 2015.

View the program here: Gender 360 Summit Program

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Event: Addressing Exclusion Based on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity


Organized jointly by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Task Force and Social Inclusion GSG

Addressing Exclusion Based on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

9:00 – 10:00 am

Auditorium J1-050

World Bank J Building
701 18th Street, NW

Breakfast served at 8:30 am

External Participants: email kkasprzycka@worldbank.org

Watch via Adobe Connect

“We face so much stigma and discrimination every day…

We are so used to it, and we think that it’s a part of our life”

-Rudrani Chettri


Social Inclusion is central to achieving the World Bank twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. As the Social Development Flagship Report ‘Inclusion Matters’ notes, exclusion based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) exists in different forms across cultures, and in every region.  Homosexuality is illegal in many countries, sometimes even punishable by death, although it is common for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people to face social exclusion even where homosexuality is not illegal.  Social stigma driven by homophobia and discriminatory laws fuels the exclusion of LGBT people and create barriers to accessing markets, services and spaces.

Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17), the SOGI Task Force and the Social Inclusion Global Solutions Group invite you to a panel about the role of development in addressing SOGI-based exclusion.

Chair: Hassane Cisse, Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group

Opening Remarks: Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

Presenter: Chloe Schwenke, Professor, Georgetown University

Chloe Schwenke is professor at McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, She has served as vice president for global programs at Freedom House in Washington, D.C. and as a political appointee for the Obama Administration at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as USAID’s Senior Advisor on LGBT Policy and as USAID Africa Bureau’s Senior Advisor on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance. She is a scholar, human rights activist, and development practitioner, focused on design, management, implementation, and evaluation of a wide range of programming, including LGBTI, gender equality, and civil society capacity building.

Presenter: Nikilas Mawanda, Human Rights Defender & Co-Founder, Trans Support Initiative-Uganda

Nikilas Mawanda is Co-Founding and Former Executive-Director of Trans Support Initiative – Uganda, the first transgender and gender non-conforming people’s organization in the region. He has served the Ugandan LGBT community for more than 10 years. During his career, he has played key roles in organizing, mobilizing and advocacy through organizations like Freedom and Roam Uganda, Transgender, Intersex and Transsexuals Uganda, The Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law and he is also one of the pioneers of the Trans -Africa Movement. Nikilas serves as Secretary Board of Directors Sexual Minorities – Uganda (SMUG), Second Spokesperson for the Ugandan LGBTI National Security Committee, and Executive Committee member of the Coalition of African Lesbians and Gender Diverse People in Africa. He recently received the Global Courage Award as an International Human Rights Advocate from the Center Global Refugee and Asylum Network.

Moderator: Jeffrey Waite, Adviser to Vice President, World Bank Group

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World Bank Group Gender Strategy Consultations – Call for Input

Towards a World Bank Group Gender Strategy

The World Bank Group is preparing a new gender strategy, which is expected to be finalized and discussed by the Board of Executive Directors later this year. In developing the strategy, we will consult with stakeholders worldwide from mid-April to mid July 2015. To see the consultation plan, click here.

The strategy is being developed to reflect fundamental changes in the world and at the World Bank Group and to respond to accumulating evidence on what works to close gender gaps.  The previous World Bank strategy on gender, adopted in 2001, emphasized gender equality as an issue of development effectiveness and laid the basis for integrating gender into the Bank’s policy dialogue, analytic work, and operations.  A renewed strategy on gender equality will address how the World Bank Group can support client countries and companies to achieve greater gender equality as a key pathway to ensure lasting poverty reduction and shared prosperity.  We envision a strategy that is operational, with stronger emphasis on results in client countries and in our work with private sector clients– results that close key gender gaps and enhance women’s voice and agency.

Concept Note, discussed by our Board of Executive Directors on April 8, outlines a framework for a renewed gender strategy and serves as a basis for discussion during the consultative process. The strategy seeks to build on past achievements and raise the bar on gender equality by focusing on practical approaches the public and private sectors can take to reduce the differential constraints for poor women and men in economic opportunity and empowering women and girls to achieve their full potential. Removing the unique constraints that hold back women and girls, and including in the equation men and boys is a game-changer in tackling poverty and encouraging shared prosperity.

Through the consultations, from mid-April through mid-July 2015, we are seeking stakeholders’ input on country and regional perspectives, global lessons learned and good practices to reduce key gender gaps.

To share your input click here. To share examples and case studies of solutions and approaches that have helped close gender gaps, send them to genderconsultations@worldbankgroup.org.


The consultation process seeks stakeholders input through a combination of country based face-to-face meetings, and this multilingual online platform. Inputs are solicited from a diverse group of stakeholders, both specific individuals, groups and parties, and open to all interested in contributing. Information on face-to-face meetings are published as dates are confirmed. Agendas, participant lists and feedback summaries are published after the meeting has taken place. Stakeholders are also welcome to submit their input online by clicking here.

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New online discussion on Wikigender: “Addressing discriminatory social norms: the case of Uganda”

Wikigender is running a new online discussion on:

“Addressing discriminatory social norms: the case of Uganda”

Open from 18-21 May 2015


Starting on Monday 18 May, Wikigender is running a new online discussion on “Addressing discriminatory social norms: the case of Uganda” with several lead discussants:

  • Caroline Harper, Overseas Development Institute (ODI);
  • Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Uganda;
  • Tina Musuya, Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), Uganda; and
  • The OECD Development Centre’s gender team

The online discussion will run for 4 days and is based on the results of the first country pilot of a Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) in Uganda. It seeks to foster exchanges on how discriminatory social norms impact on women’s empowerment and rights in Uganda.


The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is the OECD Development Centre’s global cross-country measure of discrimination against women in social institutions (formal and informal laws, social norms and practices) across 160 countries (the 2014 edition of the SIGI is available at www.genderindex.org). With the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation, the OECD Development Centre partnered with the Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) to work on the first country pilot of a SIGI in Uganda, by adapting the Global SIGI framework and methodology to the national Ugandan context.

The objective of the Uganda SIGI country study is to inform the design of evidence-based policies to tackle the root causes of gender inequality in Uganda at the sub-national level. The findings highlight how discriminatory social norms such as early marriage, domestic violence or restricted access to land have implications for development outcomes. The presentation of the results of the first country pilot of the SIGI Uganda will take place at a launch event on 27-28 May in Kampala, Uganda and this Wikigender online discussion is an opportunity to open the discussion on this topic.


Click here to see the questions that will be discussed and to join the conversation!

Please note that you can post a comment at any time, but the discussion is moderated from 9-6pm (CEST) over the 4 days, starting on Monday 18 May.

The outcomes of the discussion and main findings will be synthesised in a short report and shared at the upcoming launch event in Uganda. We count on your participation and hope you can disseminate this invitation widely to your contacts! (Twitter hashtags: #SIGI and #socialnorms)

Many thanks and see you soon on www.wikigender.org!

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Job opportunity: International Coordinator of the Joint Programme of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP

The International Coordinator will provide support to the implementation of the Joint Programme of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP on “Accelerating progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women.”

This five-year (2012-2017) JP aims to economically empower rural women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. The coalition of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP is expected to generate synergies that capitalize on each agency’s mandate, comparative advantage and institutional strength to generate more lasting and wider-scale improvements in the living conditions and rights of rural women and girls in the context of sustainable rural development. The

JP focuses on four key outcomes for rural women: 1) improved food and nutrition security, 2) increased incomes to sustain livelihoods, 3) enhanced leadership and participation in rural institutions and in shaping laws, policies and programmes, and 4) more gender-responsive policy environment for the economic empowerment of rural women.

Read more about the position in the Terms of Reference (pdf).

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Five mid-week gender reads and resources

Photo: Joslin Isaacson. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

How do women and men cope with time burden, and what implications do such gendered coping strategies this have for nutrition? This month’s post on the Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange blog shares results from a systematic review of the evidence: It is time: Why time matters in agriculture-nutrition pathways from the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

Nutrition education’s unexpected synergies with women’s empowerment: Rebranding bran: teaching nutrient-rich cooking in Mali (the Guardian) describes a project in Mali to teach mothers about nutrition and encourage them to cook with wholegrain cereal that is improving child health and freeing up women’s time.

A farmer participatory program is harnessing the creativity of grassroots innovators to generate laborsaving technology that empowers women smallholder farmers. From the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) blog.

We need better methods of measuring poverty if we want progress: A new way of assessing poverty differentiates between individuals instead of lumping households together. Participatory research methods were used to create the “individual deprivation measure.” From the Guardian.

Untangling Gender Mainstreaming: A Theory of Change Based on Experience and Reflection, from the Gender and Development Network, focuses on gender mainstreaming processes within development organizations such as changes to policies, plans and spending; recruitment practices; and staff knowledge and skills.

Have another recent gender read to share? Please do so in the comments section, or send suggestions to s.theis@cgiar.org.  



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Webinar: Re-Thinking the role of energy technology for women’s empowerment

Webinar: Re-Thinking the role of energy technology for women’s empowerment 

EmpowerWomen.org is hosting a Webinar organized by UNIDO in cooperation with the Climate Technology Centre and Network, UN Women, and ENERGIA on 6 May 2015 from 8:30am to 10:30am (EDT). Join the debate with remarkable experts and entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable energy to rethink the role of climate technologies for women’s empowerment.



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