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Platform discussion - Financing and economic empowerment scenarios for women in agriculture

This informal conversation between the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, UN Women and the AWID debates the adequacy and the opportunities for closing gender finance gaps and improving women's economic empowerment. The main speaking points and a recording of the discussion can be found below.

Anne Schoenstein, AWID

Anne mentioned that while progress has been made, it is simply not enough. Achieving the full realization of women’s human rights, and gender equality must be an end in itself. This will ultimately only be achievable if also global policy incoherencies, structural, systemic issues and power imbalances are getting tackled. Gender equality must be addressed from a human rights angle and not as a strategy to increase economic growth. The reaction document can be found here: Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development Reaction to the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Addis Ababa Action Agenda

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Annelene Bremer, BMZ

Annelene spoke on the need to have more systemic and consistent policies for gender responsive financing both from international donors and from low income nations themselves. More transparent and predictable efforts to reduce the funding gap in agriculture are supported by Germany, visible in their Strategy on Gender equality. She also talked about some future plans and particularly the One World - No Hunger Initiative Global Programme Innovation Centres for the Agriculture the Agriculture and Food Sector

Asa Torkelsson; UN Women

Asa highlighted that we are no longer mainstreaming gender but negotiating gender and that the progress visible in the FfD3 outcome is a testimony to that. Furthermore, concrete evidence of the cost of the gender gap is increasingly being revealed and serving as ground for change and strengthened advocacy. In this regard UN Women recently launched a Report together with the World Bank and UNDP-UNEP on The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity This report outlines the precise areas which are costing the most. The results show that closing the gender gap is smart economics.


Online Discussion: Financing and economic empowerment scenarios for women in agriculture. December 2015

Year after year, the development rhetoric on gender equality has gained recognition, however the financial backing it has received has not matched the height of the talk. Financing for gender equality is the means to ensure that women’s needs are met in development planning. What scenarios exist for economic empowerment for women in agriculture looking towards agenda 2030? 2015 has been a formative year for both the economic and social directions of development cooperation. A new path which aims to fill the gaps left behind by the MDG’s with the backing of renewed financial commitments was established with a horizon of 2030 to achieve the sustainable development goals. Rural women are an undeniable point of convergence in the efforts to reduce poverty, improve food and nutrition security, reduce the impacts of climate change and so many of the crucial goals. It is, as such, both morally and economically devastating if the efforts to economically empower women in agriculture are hindered by poor resourcing to advance their rights. This discussion between the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, UN Women and the AWID reflects on how gender has been accommodated in these two processes with a forward looking perspective using practical examples.

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