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WPW activities

The Working Party on Women and the Family in Rural Development (WPW) has two principal activities: formal biennial Sessions and annual Expert Meetings.

All regional member countries are invited to participate in the WPW Sessions, which focus on gender issues in the context of rural development and provide a forum for policy recommendations and decisions.

The Expert Meetings are regarded as one of the most important activities of the WPW. These meetings address the needs and requests of member countries with regards to gender in the rural sector. During these meetings, gender and rural development experts exchange information and best practices on technical matters and training techniques, share methodological concerns and jointly develop regional and national policy recommendations.

WPW Sessions

Fifteen biennial Sessions have been held to date. The thematic topic of each session is chosen by the WPW Board based on national expert technical inputs, which are in response to the priority needs of the member countries.

The specific themes discussed during the most recent Sessions were on “Gender Statistics for Assessing the Socio-economic Status of Rural Women and Men in Europe and Central Asia” and on the “Impacts of Migrations on the Livelihoods of Rural Households”.

WPW Expert Meetings

Twenty-two Expert Meetings have been held so far. The Expert Meetings are organized annually in cooperation with the hosting country. The meetings focus on the exchange of technical information and on improving gender-focused methodologies in rural development. During the last years, study tours in the host countries were organized, giving the participants the chance to closely observe gender-specific potentials and problems. Some gender-inclusive project locations were also visited.
The WPW Expert Meetings from 2005-2012 have covered a wide range of pertinent issues in gender and agriculture; and although there is strong focus on female farmers, the Expert Meetings have also moved into the broader area of rural gender development.
The main themes discussed during the past Expert Meetings were “Gender Statistics for Assessing the Socio-economic Status of Rural Women and Men in Europe and Central Asia”, “Making Female Labour in Agriculture Visible” and “Rural Development Policies and Programmes to Generate Jobs and Incomes”.
Recently, the WPW Expert Meetings identified the lack of national capacities in sex-disaggregated data collection and analysis as the major obstacles to the formulation of effective gender-sensitive rural policies. Following the recommendations of the WPW, FAO REU has recently initiated an extensive regional gender data research. In addition, the last Expert Meeting (Rome, February 2012) focused on the analysis of the socio-economic status of rural women in the Region with specific reference to sex-disaggregated data.

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WPW Sessions

WPW Expert Meetings