Committee on World Food Security

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Gender Equality and Women's and Girls' Empowerment Workstream

Co-Chairs of the OEWG:

  • Ms Tanja Grén, Permanent Representative of Finland to FAO, WFP and IFAD
  • Mr Tomas Duncan Jurado, Permanent Representative of Panama to FAO, WFP and IFAD

Workplan | CFS Secretariat Focal Point: Françoise Trine

The objective of the workstream is to develop a set of globally accepted Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition (VGs on GEWGE). The Guidelines will provide Members and other stakeholders with policy guidance on how to advance gender equality, women’s and girls’ rights, and women’s empowerment as part of their efforts to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. The preparation of the Guidelines is funded largely by the generous support of Finland, France, Spain and Sweden.

The successive versions of the Guidelines were developed by the CFS Secretariat through an inclusive and transparent process, with the support of a Technical Task Team and the guidance of the Co-Chairs of the OEWG. The process included several OEWG meetings, six regional consultations and an electronic consultation.

Co-Chairs' Summary on Negotiations on the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition

Access the Co-Chairs' summary here.

Read the statement by the CFS Chairperson, H.E. Ambassador Gabriel Ferrero, here.

Third round of negotiations - 25-28 July 2022

The third round of negotiations will be held in hybrid format, as agreed by the CFS Bureau, to allow all Members to contribute to the process, with in presence participation at FAO Headquarters in the Green Room and virtually via the Zoom platform. A full schedule of the third round is available above. All formal sessions will be interpreted. Friends of the Co-Chairs’ meetings may be held during the mid-day break and in the evenings after evening sessions, as needed.

The negotiations will be based on the updated Co-Chairs’ proposal after the second round of negotiations.

Second round of negotiations - 27 June-1 July 2022

The second round of negotiations will be held in presence at FAO Headquarters as per the following schedule:

Dates

Time (Rome time)

Room

27-28 June

9:30-12:30; 14:30-17:30

Green Room, Building A, First Floor

29 June

9:30-12:30; 14:30-17:30

Green Room, Building A, First Floor

30 June

9:30-12:30

Green Room, Building A, First Floor

1 July

9:30-12:30; 14:30-17:30

Green Room, Building A, First Floor

 

The negotiations will be based on the Co-Chairs’ proposal after the first round of negotiations on 4-6 May and 7-8 June 2022.

First round of negotiations – 4-6 May and 7-8 June 2022 

The first round of negotiations of the Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition (VGs on GEWGE) will be held on 4-6 May 2022 (9:30-12:30 and 14:30-17:30) and on 7-8 June 2022 (9:30-12:00 and 14.30-17:00) in a fully virtual format, using Zoom videoconferencing platform. Interpretation will be provided in the six official FAO languages.


Draft for Negotiations


The negotiation process will follow the CFS principles and guidelines on negotiation modalities provided in the Guidance Note approved by the Bureau at its 23 March 2022 meeting. More specific information were provided in the Letter sent by the Co-Chairs of the OEWG on Gender on 29 April .The process will be facilitated by the Co-Chairs, with support of the CFS Secretariat.


The Guidelines for Participants in Zoom meetings are available in all languages:


Written comments received: Colombia (ES), Holy See (EN & ES)

OEWG Meeting - 21 April 2022 - 14:30-17:30 - Virtual meeting

The objective of the meeting is to hear views and positions of CFS Members and Participants on the Draft for Negotiations of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition before the start of formal negotiations on 4 May 2022.


Documents:

OEWG Meeting - 21 February 2022 - 9:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00 - Virtual meeting

The main objective of the meeting is to discuss the First Draft of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition.

You are invited to send your comments in writing on the First Draft to [email protected] by 18 February 2022, COB.

First draft:

 

The comments received before and during the meeting will be taken into account.

Webcast (morning)Webcast (afternoon)

 


Documents:


Written input received before 18 February 2022:

Written input received after the OEWG meeting:

Regional and electronic consultations – September to November 2021

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held six regional consultations between September and November 2021 as an opportunity to receive inputs, comments, and suggestions on how to best align the Guidelines with regional/national priorities and needs. These consultations contributed to the preparation of the First Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines (VGs) on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment (GEWE) in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition. 

For more information on the Regional Consultations see the dedicated webpage.

Additionally, CFS held an e-consultation on gender from September to November 2021. The summary of the e-consultation can be accessed here.

OEWG Meeting - 5 July 2021 - 9:30-12:30 - Virtual meeting


The OEWG meeting of 25 May 2021 has been postponed to 5 July 2021. See the message from the Chair of the OEWG. You are invited to provide comments on the Zero Draft of the Guidelines by 8 June 2021 to [email protected].


Objective: The objective of this OEWG meeting is to discuss and agree on the final version of the Zero Draft of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women's and Girls' Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition (VGs on GEWE). The Zero Draft aims to frame the discussions around proposed policy areas to inform the preparation of the First Draft of the Guidelines at the end of the year.

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Written inputs received before the 5 July 2021 OEWG meeting

Written inputs received after the 5 July OEWG meeting

Documents:

OEWG Meeting - 9 December 2020 - 9:30-12:30 - Virtual meeting


Objective:
The objective of this OEWG meeting is to discuss and agree on the revised version of the draft terms of reference (TORs) for the Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women's and Girl's Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition.

Written inputs received after the 9 December 2020 OEWG meeting:
Member countries: ArgentinaFrance, EU, Germany, Russian Federation
Other stakeholderes: CSM

Documents:

OEWG Meeting - 30 October 2020 - 9:30-12:30 - Virtual meeting


Objective:
The objective of this first meeting of the OEWG is to discuss the draft terms of reference (TORs) for the Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girl's Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition. The draft TORs will then be submitted for adoption to CFS 47 in February 2021.

Written Inputs received after the 30 October 2020 OEWG meeting:

Documents:

Meeting registration link

Webcasting link

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