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Evaluation of FAO’s Work on Gender

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    Evaluation of FAO’s Work on Gender
    ANNEX 1. Terms of Reference
    2019
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    The evaluation examined the implementation of FAO Policy on Gender Equality from 2012 - 2017. It concluded that the policy remains relevant to FAO’s overall mandate and strategic goals. FAO has invested in mechanisms to institutionalize gender mainstreaming, produced a number of technical guidelines and awareness-raising material, forged partnerships to bring in gender dimension in project implementation, and made significant strides towards achieving gender-equality results. The policy needs to be updated however, to reflect external developments and be accompanied by an action plan for its operationalization. Knowledge products should be more contextualized for use in different sectors and countries. Leveraging its proximity to rural communities, FAO should position itself as a key partner in addressing gender issues in rural areas, and should build more strategic and long-term partnerships. Addressing identified gaps and ensuring effective gender mainstreaming require strong staff commitment, starting with senior managers and heads of field offices. Continued engagement of FAO Members and commitment of governments will be needed for FAO to effectively support gender equality commitments set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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    Evaluation of FAO’s Work on Gender
    Thematic Evaluation Series
    2019
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    The evaluation examined the implementation of FAO Policy on Gender Equality from 2012–2017. It concluded that the policy remains relevant to FAO’s overall mandate and strategic goals. FAO has invested in mechanisms to institutionalize gender mainstreaming, produced a number of technical guidelines and awareness-raising material, forged partnerships to bring in gender dimension in project implementation, and made significant strides towards achieving gender-equality results. The policy needs to be updated however, to reflect external developments and be accompanied by an action plan for its operationalization. Knowledge products should be more contextualized for use in different sectors and countries. Leveraging its proximity to rural communities, FAO should position itself as a key partner in addressing gender issues in rural areas, and should build more strategic and long-term partnerships. Addressing identified gaps and ensuring effective gender mainstreaming require strong staff commitment, starting with senior managers and heads of field offices. Continued engagement of FAO Members and commitment of governments will be needed for FAO to effectively support gender equality commitments set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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    FAO Policy on Gender Equality 2020–2030 2020
    Gender equality is essential to achieve FAO’s mandate of a world free from hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. The Organization recognizes that persisting inequalities between women and men are a major obstacle to agriculture and rural development and that eliminating these disparities is essential to building sustainable and inclusive food systems and resilient and peaceful societies. In alignment with the priorities set by the international agenda, the FAO gender equality policy, first endorsed in 2012, provides the Organization with a corporate framework to orient its technical and normative work towards clear gender equality objectives relevant to its mandate. The Policy recognizes that a gender-responsive organizational environment is necessary to achieve progress towards these objectives. It, therefore, includes a set of minimum standards for gender mainstreaming to ensure that gender dimensions are adequately addressed in all organizational functions, from results-based management to staff learning and evidence generation. Recognizing that all staff has a role to play in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, the Policy establishes a shared accountability framework that clearly outlines responsibilities for its implementation across the Organization. The revised Policy, which will be implemented over the next ten years, is a solid instrument to drive FAO’s efforts towards addressing the inequalities that are still pervasive in agriculture and food systems and to unleash the ambitions and potential of rural women and girls. An overview of women’s role in agriculture and the main constraints they face as a result of gender-based discrimination is presented in the Rationale section of this Policy, to clearly position FAO’s commitment to promote gender equality as an integral part of its mandate and contribution towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

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