International Women’s Day: Inspiring better futures for young rural women

Creating better opportunities for young women in rural areas was the focus of the UN Rome-based agencies’ -- the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and FAO -- commemoration of International Women’s Day this year.

International Women’s Day: FAO gender policy aims high

Better opportunities for women and girls means leverage in fight against hunger.

Gender gap imposes large costs on agriculture, economies and society

"Rural women are active economic agents who could unleash major advancements in hunger eradication and development if they were able to participate equally with men in the agricultural economy,” said FAO Deputy Director-General Ann Tutwiler, speaking at the opening session of the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Empowering Rural Women: CSW 2012’s Priority

The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global policy-making body committed to gender equality and the advancement of women, meets 27 February- 9 March in New York and is this year dedicated to rural women’s empowerment. Given the centrality of rural women in FAO’s work to eradicate hunger and poverty, the organization will play a major role in this year’s discussions.

FAO launches website dedicated to closing the gender gap in agriculture

FAO today launched the “Men and women in agriculture: closing the gap” website, dedicated to the organization’s latest research and knowledge to close the gender gap in agriculture to achieve food security for all.
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