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Event, March 22: Strengthening women’s participation in fisheries management: Lessons from Ghana

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Remote access: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/997685717


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Takeaways from twenty years of gender and rural development research at IFPRI: Closing gender gaps in agriculture through property rights and governance

Photo: Milo Mitchell. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

Photo: Milo Mitchell. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

The following blog by IFPRI gender experts Sophie Theis, Agnes Quisumbing, and Ruth Meinzen-Dick is the second in a four-part series leading up to the Policy Seminar on “Beijing +20 and Beyond: How Gender Research Is Changing the Landscape of Food Policy,” to be held on October 14, 2015 at IFPRI’s Washington, DC headquarters. This blog originally appeared on IFPRI.org.

To commemorate Beijing+20, we are taking stock of research at IFPRI over the past 20 years that contributed to advancing gender equality by generating evidence from action, and compelling action from the evidence produced.

This blogpost, part two in a four-part series on IFPRI gender research in the past 20 years, shares key takeaways from research on themes of:

  • closing gender gaps in agricultural productivity
  • access, control, and ownership of assets
  • land rights
  • legal institutions and governance

Tune in to the next post in the blog series to read highlights from IFPRI gender research related to social capital, sustainability, and health. See full list of publications (PDF 94K). Then join us on October 14th for anIFPRI policy seminar celebrating Beijing+20.

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Gender-sensitive governance e-course offered February-March 2015

This free web-based course provides participants with a general grounding in the current concepts of governance from a gender perspective and offers some examples and resources for applying these within key governance institutions, with a focus on governments.

Note – this is the third in-take for this course. Previous sessions were run in September and November 2014. There are currently no plans to re-run this course for a fourth time. 

Overview:

Why does gender matter for governance? How can we expose gender-blind institutions and processes? What strategies have enhanced the opportunities and outcomes for women and girls in government processes? What can we learn from this and how can we integrate this into our own work?

This pilot course aims to support development practitioners who are working to strengthen gender equality in relation to governance processes in their workplace. To support them this course seeks to equip participants with an introductory knowledge that can help them to take forward strategies for positive change.

Read more and enroll by February 29 here.


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New online course on gender-sensitive governance: what does it look like and how can we work towards it?’

This free web-based course offered by BRIDGE, Institute of Development Studies, and the Gender Hub provides participants with a general grounding in the current concepts of governance from a gender perspective and offers some examples and resources for applying these within key governance institutions, with a focus on governments.

Course objectives: Why does gender matter for governance? How can we expose gender-blind institutions and processes? What strategies have enhanced the opportunities and outcomes for women and girls in government processes? What can we learn from this and how can we integrate this into our own work?

This pilot course aims to support development practitioners who are working to strengthen gender equality in relation to governance processes in their workplace. To support them this course seeks to equip participants with an introductory knowledge that can help them to take forward strategies for positive change.

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Publication: Governing Land for Women and Men. Gender and Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land and other Natural Resources NEW

Source: FAO, Land Tenure Working Paper 19, (Elizabeth Daley and Clara Mi-young Park)
Summary: Summary: Includes gender, government of tenure and the Voluntary Guidelines; key analytical issues and themes; regional summary; conclusions for the Voluntary Guidelines.
Date: February 2011
Download the full paper (PDF 2.2MB) from the FAO website


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News: An Uncompromising Woman

By DANIEL BERGNER (NYT)
The Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is trying to lift her country — ravaged by war, rape, corruption and hopelessness — by lifting up its women. Read the article


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Event (BERLIN): 1ST ANNUAL WOMEN ADVANCEMENT FORUM – AFRICA 2010

ABN GLOBAL EVENTS South Africa in association with ABN Nigeria and their global partners are pleased to invite you/your nominations to a Female Gender Forum. Theme: WOMEN ADVANCEMENT: THE ACTUALISATION OF MDGs. Venue: HOTEL PALACE, Berlin, Germany. Date: 19-28 September, 2010

OBJECTIVES 1) Perceptions on women’s participation in politics 2) Opinions and suggestions on possible ways active participation of women in the Socio-economic and political spheres could be encouraged and enhanced 3) To build relations between the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and political figures for women’s participation in socio-economic and political affairs

  • Exposition of positions and opportunities the socio-economic and political spheres for wives of public office holders
  • and lots more.

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Publication: Gender & Governance in Bangladesh

On May 26-27, the Bangladesh Ministry of Food and Disaster Management will convene the Bangladesh Food Security Investment Forum 2010, which will be inaugurated by Bangladesh’s Honorable Prime Minister Sheik Hasina. The Forum is hosted by the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh with the support of the United States Agency for International Development, the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, along with other national and international partners. The goal of the Forum is to discuss and coordinate investment plans, priorities, and strategies to advance agricultural development and achieve food and nutrition security in Bangladesh.

One of the technical sessions is ‘Cross Cutting Issues: Gender & Governance‘ and Regina Birner (IFPRI), Agnes R. Quisumbing (IFPRI), and Nazneen Ahmed (BIDS) have written a background paper by the same name for this session

Access the paper here


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Publication: (World Bank) Economic Opportunities for Women in the East Asia and Pacific Region

Economic Opportunities for Women in the East Asia and Pacific Region
By Amanda Ellis, Daniel Kirkwood, and Dhruv Malhotra
This book brings together data and available evidence on the constraints that female entrepreneurs in the East Asia and the Pacific Region region face with regard to: access to assets, business regulations and governance issues, and available avenues for expanding businesses and trading with larger markets.
May 2010. 120 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8213-8300-1. SKU: 18300. US$25


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News: Nigeria’s only queen in a land of kings

Kunbwada, Nigeria (CNN) — In a region ruled by kings, the people in the Nigerian village of Kunbwada are celebrating their Queen. They say a curse means any man who attempts to be king in this community will die mysteriously. That makes Queen Hajia Ahmed of Kunbwada the only traditional woman ruler in conservative Northern Nigeria. Queen Hajia told CNN, “Men cannot rule this kingdom. If a man insists we will let him. And then after two or three days, he will die.” No man has ever tried to usurp the throne, and the young men who remain in the village insist they are loyal subjects.

Sunday Shamari, a 25 year-old farmer, told CNN, “People outside always ask about my Queen and I will tell them the whole history. I feel proud.” Nigeria’s kingdoms are officially recognized, and their traditional rulers’ authority comes from customary law. Queen Hajia’s official functions include settling marriages and land disputes and keeping the peace. But she also wants to introduce some changes of her own. “Women must be educated,” she said. “Education means women can be anything they want to be.” In remote regions of Nigeria, women have few rights and little access to education, so for some women Kunbwada offers hope. Continue reading