The three main fields of the work in gender of FAO REU are gender statistic gender mainstreaming and policy advice.
The unavailability of gender statistics constitutes one of the major barriers to gender inclusive policy making in the member states. Therefore, FAO REU is dedicating substantial effort to capacity development in gender data research. In particular, FAO is taking the lead in organizing regional trainings on the collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data for statisticians and experts in agriculture. Furthermore, in Albania, national workshops on gender statistics will be conducted in the second half of 2011 within the framework of the ‘UN Joint Programme on Reducing Malnutrition in Children’.
Meanwhile, FAO REU is carrying out an intensive data research on gender in agro-rural sector in the region. The objectives are:
• to identify main gender issues
• to highlight main data gaps
Gender mainstreaming is essentially the assessment of the needs of both women & men, and the gender implications of any planned action in all areas and at all levels.
Since FAO REU has begun increasing its attention to mainstreaming gender in its regional activities, the majority of the staff has been trained on gender-responsive project development and management. Currently, FAO REU is implementing three gender mainstreamed projects in the region. Two in Albania, one concerning land consolidation and the other malnutrition; the third in Bosnia and Herzegovina also addressing land consolidation.
Knowledge Exchange and Policy Recommendations
Through the Working Party on Women and the Family in Rural Development (WPW) - a statutory body of FAO European Commission on Agriculture (ECA), REU facilitates the exchange of best practices between member countries, and provides gender-focused policy advice in rural development. The WPW is a Dynamic Knowledge Network with annual Expert Meetings and biennial policy Sessions. The recent Expert Meetings identified the lack of sex-disaggregated data as one of the major issues that hinder gender-sensitive rural development. Thus, in 2011, the WPW Expert Meeting and Session will focus on identifying existing data gaps.