Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty
FAO/Carlo Perla
16 December 2016, Rome--- The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization is hosting a high-level event today at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, to address the structural causes and consequences of gender inequality in rural areas. According to FAO, achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is an absolute precondition to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger. The event is being organized by FAO and the European Union, in close collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Programme and UN Women.

Opening address by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
11min. 08sec.

(00:00) Address by Neven Mimica, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development; (12:44) Address by Her Excellency Gabriela Matecná, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic – Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union; (25:18) Address by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD; (34:17) Address by Denise Brown, Director of Emergencies, WFP; (44:37) Address by Maria Noel Vaeza, Director of Programmes, UN Women.
54min. 13sec.

(00:00) Address by Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius; (14:10) Address by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate; (21:12) Address by Her Excellency Sika Bella Kaboré, First Lady of Burkina Faso (in French); (31:05) Address by Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2011) (in Arabic).
46min. 27sec.

Regina Laub, Senior Officer for the FAO Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division, elaborates more on these issues. (interview conducted by Murielle Sarr)
7min. 13sec.
Topic(s): Director-General, Food Security, Meeting, Women & gender
Produced by: FAO
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