African ministers responsible for gender and women’s affairs attended the 9th African Regional Conference on Women for the twenty-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), and adopted a Declaration calling for their respective governments to achieve gender equality by 2030, as spelled out in the Agenda 2063 and highlighting agriculture as a key enabler in women’s empowerment.
Closing the gender gap is not only the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do for improved agriculture and food security for all. This was a key message among several discussed at the recent High Level Side Event on "Family farming interventions to close the gender gap: lessons from Africa".
Rural women and their role in eradicating poverty should be given high priority in the post-2015 development agenda — that was the key message among speakers at a special event to mark the 2014 International Day for Rural Women at UN headquarters in New York on 15 October.
Securing land rights for vulnerable groups is a necessary step towards achieving greater food security and equality. Land carries social, cultural and economic value, but many find themselves without access to its benefits as a result of exclusionary practices.