March 8, 2016

Initiative Partners Empower Women for Planet 50-50 by 2030

A wide range of Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative partners are celebrating International Women’s Day with powerful stories of women’s empowerment.

We’ve gathered them all in one place here on the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Blog. Read on, and happy #IWD2016.

Challenges to improving equity in the Gash Die – Thrive

Abby Waldorf

Not everything is what it seems – especially women’s access to resources in eastern Sudan. In conservative societies, it is easy to make vastly wrong assumptions about women’s positions based on observations of their daily routines or living situations.

On a recent trip to the Kassala State of Sudan, I had the opportunity to explore many of these issues. Continue reading

Strengthening women’s land rights: what does data have to do with it? – Thrive

Cheryl Doss

The call for International Women’s Day 2016 asks people to Pledge for Parity. The pledge offers five components: help women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, call for gender-balanced leadership, value women and men’s contributions equally, and create inclusive, flexible cultures. While all of these are important, none of them highlight the ways in which women and girls have less access to the resources that they will need to succeed. Continue reading

Communicating research in a gender responsive way – CGIAR Research on Gender and Agriculture

Bioversity International

Communicating research in gender responsive ways is an important piece of CGIAR gender research activities. In this podcast, Marlene Elias and Ewa Hermanowicz from Bioversity International talk about a recently released new tool  that offers practical guidance for communicating research findings in gender responsiveness ways. This third in a series of practical tips put together to guide researchers in terms of adopting a more gender responsive approach in research for development. Continue reading

If you care about the environment, you should care about gender – World Resources Institute

Natalie Elwell and Yasmine Williams

International Women’s Day is March 8, and this year’s theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” So what does gender equality have to do with the environment?

Mounting evidence shows that advancements in gender equality could have a profoundly positive impact on social and environmental well-being. But if not managed properly, environment projects can actually spur gender inequality. It’s a connection that anyone working in the environment and sustainable development space must keep in mind. Continue reading

In conversation with #WomenInAg: Dr. Lois Wright of Iowa State University – USDA Blog, submitted by Solutions from the Land

Rachel Dubinsky

As part of our ongoing #womeninag series, we are highlighting a different leading woman in agriculture each month.  This month, we profile Dr. Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University and director of the USDA-NIFA Climate & Corn-based Cropping System Coordinated Agricultural Project.

Dr. Morton’s research focuses on the relationship between people and the natural environment as it relates to climate change. She discusses with us the impact research has on women worldwide and how the field continues to evolve. Continue reading

On gender, with Kame Westerman of Conservation International – EcoAgriculture Blog

A conservation research project was assessing bush meat use in a forest. They talked to the men, who were the hunters, about what species of animals, and how many, they were catching, killing and bringing out of the forest. The number seemed suspiciously high, so the researchers thought it best to check with the women in the village, who were processing and cooking the bush meat. The numbers they got from the women were much lower.

This story, from Conservation International gender expert Kame Westerman, humorously illustrates why it is so critical to include women in conservation and development decision-making processes. Without equal participation, projects like the one in the story have a much greater chance of failure. Continue reading

Stepping it up for gender equality at Bioversity International – Bioversity International

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, which this year urges us to pledge for gender parity and equal rights for all, Bioversity International has launched its Gender and Social Inclusion Strategy.

This strategy is a practical document that takes steps to increase gender and social equality through the research-for-development Bioversity International does and through the practices we adopt in the workplace. The aim, as reflected in this year’s UN theme for ‘International Women’s Day, Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality’ is to accelerate progress towards gender equality. At Bioversity International we see gender equality as both a human right and a way to support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Investing in gender-responsive and socially inclusive research is a basic requirement for delivering the high-quality outputs and outcomes we are committed to producing. Continue reading

For more stories on gender equality from Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative partners, stay tuned to @LPFNInitiative on Twitter all week.

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