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DISCUSSION No. 142   •   FSN Forum digest No. 1310

Rural women: striving for gender transformative impacts

until 6 August

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Dear Members,

Today we would like to share with you an update on the online discussion Rural women: striving for gender transformative impacts.

The latest contributions discuss various pathways for empowering women and often refer to concrete experiences. In addition, a specific example of engaging men in gender transformative interventions was shared; we look forward to keep receiving your comments on this particular issue.

Please note that the outcomes of this discussion will inform the Expert Group Meeting on rural women organized by UN Women in September this year. The report of this Meeting will serve as one of the key background documents for the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women.

For all the discussion questions and the contributions received so far, please visit the FSN Forum website in English, French or Spanish.

We encourage you to keep posting your thoughts during the last days of this online discussion. You can send your comments to FSN-moderator@fao.org or post them online upon registration.

Your FSN Forum team


iconKuruppacharil V. Peter, World Noni Research Foundation, India

Kuruppacharil points to various sectors in India, such as inland water fisheries and the cashew industry, which are largely dependent on women, stressing that there is a broad range of venues to empower them.

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iconAnne Chele, FAO, Kenya

Anne stresses that in order to empower women economically, their participation in decision-making should be increased and be more effective. In addition, she discusses how women-focused interventions could be tailored to specific contexts.

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iconTakele Teshome, Association for Sustainable Development Alternatives, Ethiopia

In responding to all the discussion questions, Takele stresses that projects are often based on general needs assessment, and not on proper gender analysis or in-depth analysis of the underlying causes of gender gaps. He also shares concrete initiatives aimed at women’s economic empowerment.

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iconYannick de Mol, FAO, Italy

In response to Clare’s question of how to involve men and boys to achieve gender transformative impacts, Yannick further elaborates on how the FAO Dimitra project addresses gender inequality and engages men in its activities, sharing the example of a Dimitra club in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   

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iconMahesh Chander, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, India

Mahesh provides information on a recent campaign in India, focusing on making gender sensitization compulsory in the school curriculum.

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iconMauro Bottaro, FAO, Italy

Mauro shares a contribution on behalf of the FAO team working on the Dimitra Project, building on earlier contributions on this Project and focusing on the specific issue of women’s leadership. He shares a number of concrete examples of female Dimitra Club members who have become leaders in various contexts.

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