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Breaking the Barriers: gender equality, water and financial inclusion in agrifood systems in Asia and the Pacific









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    Asia and the Pacific Regional High Level Consultation on Gender, Food Security and Nutrition: Ensuring the Other Half Equal Opportunities. Bangkok, Thailand, 24- 26 July 2013
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    2013
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    The Asia and the Pacific Regional High Level Consultation on Gender, Food Security and Nutrition co-organized by ADB, FAO, and WOCAN was convened to advance ongoing efforts to promote gender equality as an effective strategy to achieve food security and nutrition in the Asia-Pacific region. It was the first regional high-level consultation focusing on the linkages between gender, food security and nutrition issues. The consultation was an opportunity to raise awareness on the gender dimensions o f food and nutrition insecurity and their implications for rural poverty, agricultural productivity and national development in Asia and the Pacific. The ADB and FAO publication ‘Gender Equality and Food Security – Women’s Empowerment as a Tool Against Hunger’, authored by Prof. Olivier de Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food was launched on the first day of the event, and served to anchor the discussions around the pressing challenges of gender discrimination in the Asia-Pac ific region that are serious impediments to achieving food security and nutrition. The consultation was attended by key stakeholders, including leading representatives of the Member countries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs)/civil society organizations (CSOs), and women leaders of rural communities/institutions from seventeen countries around the Asia-Pacific region. The event was designed to facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on strategic efforts to enhance gender responsive food and nutrition security interventions between the latter, United Nations and other development organizations, research institutions and the private sector. The event ensured a highly engaged exchange on good practices and lessons learned in this regard, and led to agreements on follow-up measures that would advance gender equity and women’s empowerment. There was general agreement on four critical approaches that would contribute to the overall goals of gender-responsive food and nutrition security outcomes: i) the importance of relying on human-rights based approaches; ii) the advantages of working in collaboration across the region through partnerships; iii) the crucial role of inclusivity of rural women, including indigenous women and marginalized and vulnerable groups through their organizations and networks in the design, development and implementation of gender equality and rural development programs and strategies; and iv) the importance of male involvement in gender transformative process to ensure the sustainability of future action in this regard. The participants identified and agreed to undertake follow-up actions in their respective countries to close the gender gap in agriculture and empower women so they could fully contribute to improve food and nutrition security in the region along key actions identified in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 66-129, on the Improvement of the Situation of Women in Rural Areas.
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    Investing in gender equality and women's empowerment to mitigate and prevent food crises and transform agrifood systems 2024
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    This side event will highlight the critical role that financing for development plays in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, and how it can be a cornerstone that can prevent and mitigate food crises and transform agrifood systems. The event will also offer a platform for institutions and countries to present their programme and discuss ways for leveraging different capacities, both financial and technical, to accelerate progress in gender equality and women's empowerment. Special focus will be placed on the empowerment of rural women, acknowledging the key role they have in ensuring inclusive sustainable agricultural practices and building the resilience of communities.
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    Gender Asia Pacific Newsletter, May 2024 – Issue #3 2024
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    The Gender Asia Pacific Newsletter is issued periodically to showcase FAO’s best practices, achievements, latest knowledge products, and events promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides updates on the FAO Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan 2022–2025 for Asia and the Pacific, successful gender mainstreaming initiatives from the field, and significant gender publications, resources and events. The newsletter highlights activities, results, and experiences from FAO teams on the ground dedicated to addressing gender gaps and inequalities, particularly in the context of eliminating hunger and poverty in Asia and the Pacific. While primarily intended for FAO employees, the newsletter may also interest the public and development partners who would like to learn about FAO's initiatives promoting gender equality in the region. The newsletter aligns with a key action point of the regional gender strategy - producing and disseminating gender-responsive communication materials to support gender equality and women's empowerment.

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