Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition

25 September 2017, 09:30 - 17.00 CEST
FAO, Red Room
Rome, Italy

The Forum will promote a shared understanding of how issues related to women’s economic empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition are evolving. The Forum will also contribute to promoting mutual accountability towards the full realization of women’s rights,   achieving gender equality and women's empowerment for the attainment of all Sustainable Development Goals - especially SDG1, SDG2, SDG5, SDG8 and SDG17 - and strengthening synergies among these goals in policy and programme frameworks for countries.

The event will be webcast (9.00 - 13.00 and 15.30 - 17.00)

During the event it will be possible to send in questions via Twitter using the hashtag #CFS4Women


9.30 – 9.50 - Opening

Amira Gornass, CFS Chair Femi Oke, Moderator

9.50 – 10.30 - Taking stock: Emerging challenges and persisting barriers to women’s empowerment in the agriculture and agri-food sector

Miriam Nobre – World March of Women (Keynote)

Bianca Pomeranzi, CEDAW expert (Discussant)

10.30– 12.30 - Addressing gender gaps: Sharing lessons from concrete examples

Hilal Elver – UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Cesarie Kantarama – Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)

Anish Kumar – Transform Rural India

Nettie Wiebe – Farmer, La Via Campesina

Open floor discussion

12.30 – 14.00 - Lunch break 


14.00 – 15.30 - Break-out group discussions: CFS role in advancing women’s empowerment, women’s rights and gender equality 

3 Groups with 1 Facilitator and 1 Rapporteur for each group Key topics for discussion:


  • How are CFS policy outcomes promoting women’s empowerment, women’s rights and gender equality as a pre-requisite for food security and nutrition? 
  • Taking into account its mandate, what concrete steps can CFS take to further advance women’s empowerment, women’s rights and gender equality in its work to produce a tangible shift towards gender equality and enhance the implementation of the UN General Recommendation 34 of CEDAW (2016) on the rights of rural women?
  • What actions are required and by whom in order to strengthen the content and implementation of national and international normative frameworks for women’s empowerment? 



15.30 – 16.30 - Presentation of break-out groups’ outcomes
16.30 – 17.00 - Closure

CFS Chair’s summary