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Transforming political will into concrete action for rural women’s empowerment and food security











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    “Rural women’s empowerment for improved food security and nutrition” Concept Note 2016
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    The event will introduce participants to the CEDAW Convention, its Article 14 on rural women and the GR34 on the rights of rural women. Its objective is to raise awareness of the Convention and the general recommendation 34. It will also discuss the role of the UN and the civil society in facilitating the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment matters into policies, legislation and investment strategies at national level through supporting implementation of CEDAW and the GR34. Re presentatives of the Republic of Guatemala and Botswana will talk about their experience with implementing CEDAW as well as how they can apply the GR34 in the future in order to enhance women’s equitable access to productive resources, services and opportunities in the national context of food security and nutrition. We will invite the audience to contribute with their own experience and questions.
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    Qualitative research on women's economic empowerment and social protection - a research guide 2015
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    The FAO’s Social Protection and Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment research programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) falls under FAO’s Strategic Objective 3 of Reducing Rural Poverty and is delivered through two flagship initiatives: the Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative (RWEE) and the From Protection to Production (PtoP) programme. The research seeks to gain a better understanding of how social protection policies and programmes can be improved to enhance impacts on rural women’s empowerment. The programme also aims at identifying ways in which social protection schemes or systems can be strengthened with regard to reducing gender inequalities and improving rural women’s economic and social empowerment, actions which can lead to more sustainable pathways out of poverty. A number of case studies will analyse the impact of social protection programmes on rural women’s economic empowerment, particularly in two domains: economic advancem ent and power and agency. The case studies will also assess the impact of programme design on these two domains, as well as the degree to which gender equality and women’s empowerment are mainstreamed in programme design and implementation. Finally, to a lesser extent, the programme will assess the synergies that these programmes have with rural services and other livelihoods interventions. Based on previous experience from the PtoP, the case studies are conducted using a mixed- method approac h that combines qualitative and quantitative methods. To achieve comparability and enable cross-country analysis, the research methods are being implemented systematically across countries. This Qualitative Research Guide describes in detail the sequencing, timing and methodology of the research process to be implemented in each country of study: training, fieldwork preparation, a simple and clear fieldwork roadmap, the theory of change hypotheses for the studies, guiding questions and researc h tools. The Guide will be used for conducting qualitative research as part of this programme and will also serve as a basis for future FAO research on women’s empowerment and agriculture.
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    Promoting the economic empowerment of rural women for improved food security and nutrition in the Niger
    Improving resilience through knowledge sharing and the provision of productive assets in Dosso and Maradi regions
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    The project was implemented using integrated approaches and community-based platforms – particularly Farmer Field Schools (FFS), Dimitra Clubs and local radio stations – which facilitate the empowerment and capacity building of rural women in vulnerable situations, as well as their access to and control of productive resources. These platforms were used to facilitate diversified food production, storage, trade and consumption, including through community food and nutrition education sessions and knowledge sharing, community cooking demonstrations, local food processing training, the provision of diverse productive assets and labour-saving technologies, as well as food sales to school canteens. Tailored support to women’s groups, including in terms of income, knowledge and practices, was a strong focus throughout. This good practice focuses on the project Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women aimed at securing rural women’s livelihoods and rights in the Dosso and Maradi regions of the Niger.

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