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Statistics help paint a picture of Central Asia’s rural women

FAO presents gender profiles for agricultural and rural sectors of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

30/05/2016

Gender profiles for the agricultural and rural sectors of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan – along with a new agri-gender statistics toolkit – were presented by FAO at a two-day workshop this month. 

The new products are aimed at supporting enhanced production and use of sex-disaggregated agricultural data, part of FAO’s commitment to helping countries empower rural women. 

When national governments undertake economic and agricultural reforms without adopting a gender perspective, there is a risk that the differential impact of new policies and programmes on women and men will be overlooked or inadequately understood. To ensure targeted, effective and sustainable government planning and reform processes, empirical information that accurately reflects differing realities for women and men is needed.  In other words, gender statistics. 

All Central Asian countries recognize gender equality as a requirement for sustainable and inclusive growth, as outlined under the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. Each country has an institutional and regulatory framework in place, but putting things in motion and reaching the most disadvantaged women, especially in remote rural areas, remains a challenge.

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