Advancing Rural Women’s Empowerment: Leveraging opportunities to achieve zero hunger

This IFAD policy brief emphasizes that food security and nutrition for all can only be accomplished under conditions of sustainable progress in ensuring the elimination of all forms of gender discrimination and full participation of rural women in all spheres of society – economic, social and political. The approaches to empowerment need to be society-wide and transformative, addressing the root causes of gender inequalities, such as gender biased norms and attitudes, institutional and governance structures, and discriminatory practices against women. Transformative gender impact requires working at all levels and ensuring women’s participation at all decision-making levels – from the household, to community-based organizations, producer organizations, and policy processes from the local to the highest levels of government.

Source: IFAD

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