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This volume of IDS Bulletin entitled Connecting Perspectives on Women's Empowerment makes a timely contribution to our understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women's opportunities and choices and realize women's empowerment in a meaningful way. The editors in their introductory chapter emphasizes that a process of collective notion of empowerment that focuses on addressing structural inequality and accords primacy to women’s own agency, would go a long way towards expanding women’s opportunities and choices – in other words, realising...
Authors: Greg Seymour (g.seymour@cgiar.org), Cheryl Doss, Paswel Marenya, Ruth Meinzen- Dick, and Simone Passarelli ABSTRACTDespite recent evidence that decisions about technology adoption often involve input from both men and women, the literature on technology adoption rarely considers gender and intrahousehold issues. In this paper, we use survey data from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania to investigate the influence of women’s empowerment on the adoption of improved maize varieties (IMVs). While our results are mixed as to whether or not women’s empowerment is positively correlated with...
ABSTRACT This article offers a power analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process and outcomes, from a feminist perspective. Many see, in the SDGs, several opportunities for progress on gender equality and women’s rights, if not for transformation. Yet there are many reasons for scepticism, as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s vision is not always met with strong enough language, clear policies or funding provisions. Realising the ‘transformative potential’ of the Agenda in the decade and a half to come will be far from a technocratic exercise – and this is...
Indonesia, like many other countries, is prone to these gendered risks given the historically entrenched male-dominated nature of the forestry sector coupled with growing commercial pressures on forest land, embedded social and cultural norms and religious interpretations that may exacerbate gender inequalities in rural communities. The growing calls for “mainstreaming gender in REDD+” in Indonesia are for activities to “do no harm” to women, and to benefit both women and men in an equitable manner. This policy brief, prepared jointly by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)...
Edited by Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Marlène Elias "This book includes reviews of the literature, case studies, and cross-country comparisons of gender and forests, with the main focus on developing countries in the tropics.It proposes a conceptual framework designed for looking at gender in forests (The Gender Box) and provides a better balance in gender studies between attention to what men do and what women do, along with growing attention to relations between them. It also highlights the ways gender intersects with other factors of social differentiation, such as...
Abstract: Evidence is growing that farm and forest producer organizations are at the heart of sustainable rural development, because it is only through organized groups that locally-controlled forestry can be scaled up to meet growing global demand for forest products, including environmental services and non-timber items. Forest and farm producer organizations can have a unique role in delivering the SDGs worldwide: although they are ‘merely’ local organizations they are capable of contributing to universal goals. Many SDG targets have direct or indirect links to forests and landscapes (...
The goal of the CIF Gender Action Plan - Phase 1 was to mainstream gender in CIF policy and programming in support of gender equality in climate-resilient, low carbon development investments in CIF countries. Phase 2 is envisioned as a deepening of the approach undertaken in Phase 1, moving from ‘mainstreaming’ alone, to a focus on policy, technical support, evaluation (including of institutional processes and outcomes), and more gender-inclusive stakeholder engagement. Specifically, Phase 2 of the Gender Action Plan will maintain the gains made in gender-responsive M&E processes for CIF...
This is a technical paper by the UNFCCC secretariat. "Drawing on relevant web-based resources, this technical paper aims to provide an overview of existing methodologies and tools for the integration of gender considerations into climate change related activities under the Convention. The paper assesses selected tools and guidelines in terms of their methodology, information and data requirements, capacity-building needs, lessons learned, gaps and challenges, and relevance for social and environmental impacts. Parties may wish to use the information contained in this paper in their...
To improve access to land and resources for women farmers in Uttar Pradesh (UP), one of its focus states, Oxfam India conducted a study along with Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) in 2006.The study aimed to understand whether government schemes actually reached and benefitted women farmers. The study showed only 6 per cent women owned land, 2 per cent had access to credit and only 1 per cent had access to agriculture trainings. It also revealed that the women who owned land were either widows (81 per cent) or a single child (19 per cent). A need was thus felt to assert rights and...
This article on the milestones achieved by women in the fisheries in Asia- Pacific is based on existing material and contributions. The milestones are just a start and are somewhat biased towards research and government agency actions, and contain less than we would like on grassroots action. Part of the lack of grassroots coverage is due to the lack of public visibility, especially on the internet, of women’s grassroots groups and actions. Often, grassroots groups are hosted under national fisheries federations and do not have their own identities, websites and secretariats. Therefore, the...

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