Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty

16 December 2016, FAO headquarters, Rome

Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls lies at the centre of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition to the targets for SDG5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, it is reflected and mainstreamed across all 17 SDGs.






Stepping it up - together

In recognizing this, the High-level Event “Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty”, scheduled for 16 December 2016 at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, will provide an interactive platform to address the structural causes and consequences of gender inequality in rural areas and to identify the main challenges, gaps, opportunities and collaborative actions for unleashing the potential of rural women and girls to end hunger and poverty.
Moreover, it will highlight what needs to be done differently and promote partnerships among Members, UN entities, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders. These are essential elements for achieving gender equality in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Event is organized by FAO, the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) and the European Commission, in close collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Women.

When women control additional income, they spend more of it than men do on food, health, clothing and education for their children. Enabling and empowering rural women therefore translates into improved overall well-being for children, households and communities, which in turn contributes to building human capital for future generations and to long-term social and economic growth.

Empowering rural women and girls is therefore not only critical for agricultural development, it is crucial to social and economic progress, and to sustainable development overall.


In close collaboration with

IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) World food programme UN Women