Brochure Knowledge Management and Gender Programme
The creation of the FAO-Belgium Partnership Programme "Knowledge Management and Gender”, of which Dimitra is a pillar, is based on a systematic consideration of gender issues and the experiences and learning that have resulted from FAO projects and programmes. In the long term, this Programme will contribute to the food security of the rural poor, notably women. Through a participatory approach, it will improve the living conditions of rural populations, the integration of gender issues, and knowledge sharing.
Access to and control of resources by women: a challenge for food security. Recommendations
Gender, Empowerment and Food Security group, Commission on Women and Development (Belgium), October 2010
In the past decade, the theme of food security has received more and more attention, and strategies to meet this challenge have been developed. The process of the empowerment of women thus logically forms part of the road to the solution, at both the individual and organisational level, by taking into account four components: ASSETS (economic power) – KNOWLEDGE AND KNOW-HOW (power to) – WILL (internal power) – CAPACITY (social and political power). This is why the Commission on Women and Development recommends that actors at all levels give these four components priority in their development policies.
Dimitra participated in the development of these recommendations.
Guidance note - Gender-based violence and livelihood interventions : Focus on populations of humanitarian concern in the context of HIV and AIDS
FAO, 2010 (with input from Dimitra)
This Guidance Note provides an overview of the complex interactions between GBV, HIV and AIDS and rural livelihoods, based on the available literature and findings from FAO field studies in Kenya and Uganda. The studies, conducted in humanitarian settings, focused mainly on the relationships between these issues, and on identifying the appropriate livelihood strategies to mitigate and prevent GBV, and strengthen people’s resilience.
It also gives information on how to make livelihood interventions in the agricultural sector relevant to the realities of GBV and commercial sex, and thus enhance the effectiveness of the programmatic response to both food and livelihoods insecurity and GBV, in the context of humanitarian crises and HIV.
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Tackling legal empowerment: the Farmer Life School approach. Workshop report
FAO, March 2009
Because of its participatory and community-based methodologies and its focus on empowerment, self reliance and gender equality, the FAO’s Farmer Life School (FLS) approach is increasingly seen as a good platform for delivering gender and legal empowerment messages within the rural context. The first experience of using this approach for raising awareness of farmers on legal issues and strengthening their capacity to use law and legal services has been experimented in Kenya, at the Coastal Province. The Farmer Field School-Reproductive Health (FFS-RH) project implemented in four coastal districts, in collaboration with the Association of Women’s Lawyers (FIDA Kenya), have successfully integrated a number of legal issues in their participatory trainings. These issues include reproductive rights, gender-based violence, property rights and children’s rights. In this context, FAO held a workshop on “Tacking legal empowerment: a Farmer Life School approach” in Nairobi, Kenya, from 3 to 4 March 2009.
In March 2000, Dimitra published a guidebook in English, French and Dutch on European organisations (NGOs, information centres and research institutes) working with/for rural women in the South. It is now out of print.
Dimitra Guidebook Africa & Near East - Vol 1
Dimitra Guidebook Africa & Near East - Vol 2
In September 2001, a 2-volume guidebook on African and Near Eastern organisations was published in English and French. The guidebooks are out of print but updated versions are now published in the form of a CD-ROM.
The guidebooks and CD-ROM were produced on the basis of information contained in the Dimitra online database.