International Women's Day - Five years after Beijing
"Information and advocacy are at the heart of the Organization's activities to promote gender equality," says Marie Randriamamonjy, Chief of FAO's Women in Development Service. Ms. Randriamamonjy stresses that "compiling accurate sex-disaggregated data about food production is essential if we hope to make sure that rural women are not neglected when governments set their policies and priorities." She also points out that FAO's role in this area is extremely important because the need for this information is particularly acute for agricultural policy-makers and planners in the developing world. There, the work of women is often vital to maintaining household food security, but their work usually is not part of the formal economy, so it remains statistically invisible.
By bringing together decision-makers and representatives of civil society and the media, the Consultation generated a productive dialogue on the formulation of a Strategy for Action to improve information on, for and with rural women. The Strategy for Action will be an important component of the next plan of action on gender to be submitted to the FAO Conference in 2001.
FAO's Gender and Food Security web site also helps to get out the message about the importance of sex-disaggregated information in the fight against hunger. This year's International Women's Day marks the site's first anniversary.
For the first International Women's Day of the new millennium, FAO has organized a series of presentations on gender issues and food security. The event will include a message from Mr Diouf and presentations by FAO's three newly appointed female Assistant Directors-General. The themes that will be addressed include agricultural development and gender in the new millennium and diversity in human resource development. A technical seminar will address the disaggregation of nutrition data on the basis of gender.
8 March 2000