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Gender and Resilience Working Group Webinar Series

Please join us Thursday, January 14 at 10am EST for the next session of the Gender & Resilience Working Group Webinar Series.

This webinar is part of a series being rolled out by the Gender & Resilience Working Group, which is led by Mercy Corp and Lutheran World Relief and involves many other organizations. The goal of the webinar series is to share highlights of ongoing work by participating member organizations whether it be research or programs on the ground related to gender and resilience or simply frameworks for looking at gender and resilience.

This session will focus on recent research led by IFPRI on gender and climate change. Elizabeth Bryan, from IFPRI, will give an overview of some recent projects on this topic, Patti Kristjanson, from ICRAF, will discuss highlights of the research from several sites in sub-Saharan Africa, and Agnes Quisumbing, from IFPRI, will present the highlights from a recent study in Bangladesh.

Join the webinar through the following link: : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1287304187627854337.

Please try to connect around 9:45 am to ensure proper connection without disrupting webinar time. Everyone will be muted during the webinar but will be unmuted for Q&A after the presentations.

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Gender and Resilience Workshop in Washington, D.C. on November 3

On Tuesday, November 3 staff from TOPS and TANGO International will host a Gender and Resilience Workshop in Washington, DC.  Participants will be given an overview of resilience capacities (absorptive, adaptive, and transformative) through a gender lens and will then have a chance to further examine the impacts through case studies looking at strategies, activities, and indicators.   Participation is limited. We ask that you only register if you will attend the entire day as group work is involved. There is no cost to attend. No financial resources are available to support attendance.   Register here.

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New online discussion on Food Security, Gender Equality and Peace-Building

The Institute of Development Studies and the FAO are launching an online discussion as part of the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition to better understand the potential interactions between food security, gender equality, and peace-building. The discussion will help to identify entry points for policy interventions that support food security and build resilience among men and women in conflict-affected contexts in ways that promote greater gender equality and sustainable peace.

Please view and participate in the online forum here until July 31, 2015.

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Call for Proposals: Gender & Development special issue on resilience

Photo: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. Source: Flickr

Photo: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. Source: Flickr

The November 2015 issue of the international journal Gender & Development will look at Resilience. See the full call for proposals here.

An increasing number of women and men, girls and boys are finding their lives and rights disrupted and threatened by a range of interconnected shocks and stresses caused by various and often interlocking factors such as climate change, increasing inequality, globalisation, conflict and unsustainable resource use. Between 2001 and 2010, recorded disasters alone affected, on average, 232 million people each year, in addition to the 106 million who were killed, and caused an estimated US$108 billion in economic damages. In addition, smaller and larger political, economic, environmental and social crises have put a cumulative strain on mental and physical health, lives and livelihoods, and on personal and national security. Over the past decade, resilience has become a significant new area of development, policy and humanitarian debate, and programme work is evolving in response.

Women are often assumed to be inherently more vulnerable – and hence less resilient – than men. While this may be true of some women in some contexts, a more nuanced understanding is needed. Gender inequality and gendered norms create and intensify vulnerability by constraining women’s responses to sudden shocks, and placing longer-term strain on livelihoods, stability and wellbeing. Resilience is greatly enhanced by policies which ensure women’s equal rights, and active participation and leadership in livelihoods, social protection, conflict resolution, and disaster management. This means working in partnership with women as individuals, and with feminist movements and women’s organisations. How and in what way can the concept of resilience offer support to the global struggle for women’s rights and gender equality?

This issue of Gender & Development will feature analysis of innovative resilience work in many different contexts.

Read the full announcement here.

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COP20: Climate change negotiators must consider the role of rural women

Outreach Magazine, a multi-stakeholder magazine on climate and development, has published a series of articles on climate change and gender for COP20, including a new post from Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director of IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division, on including women in the current climate change negotiations. She writes:

As smallholder farmers in many parts of the world, women play a crucial role in food production. Yet they are the least equipped to adapt their farming practices to climate change. The reason? They have less access and control than men over key assets, such as capital, agricultural information and training, farm inputs, and other resources related to agricultural production. This week, as world leaders gather in Peru to participate in the climate change negotiations, it is imperative that we turn our attention to rural women and focus on policies that increase their ability to cope with climate change.

Read the full post, here.

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The South Asia Women’s Resilience Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit has created a new index that finds that South Asian countries largely fail to consider the rights of women in their disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience-building efforts. The Women’s Resilience Index (WRI), commissioned by ActionAid, with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, assesses the extent of women’s involvement in preparing for and recovering from disasters in eight countries (including Japan as a comparator).

Read more about the Women’s Resilience Index here.