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Gender equality & food security: Women’s empowerment as a tool against hunger

Gender equality & food security: Women’s empowerment as a tool against hunger | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it

There is a strong relationship between gender-based discrimination and the different channels through which households and individuals access food—through own-production, access to waged employment, or social protection. The report shows that while equality of treatment between women and men and food security are mutually supportive, gender equality remains an elusive goal in many parts of Asia and the Pacific. A transformation of traditional gender roles is urgently needed. Such a transformation should build on improved information about the range of inequalities and specific constraints facing women. In addition, in order for gender equality strategies and food security strategies to complement each other and for their synergies to be maximized, a combination should be found between the recognition of the constraints women face, the adoption of measures that help relieve women of their burdens, and the redistribution of gender roles in the discharging of family responsibilities. The report explores how this combination can be achieved, identifying the best practices that have emerged both in the Asian and Pacific region and in other parts of the world.

 


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DRC | Can the DRC army stop abusing human rights?

DRC | Can the DRC army stop abusing human rights? | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it

Stamping out human rights abuses by the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entails more than classroom training sessions, according to analysts, who recommend a wide range of ambitious reforms...These include better discipline, an efficient payroll system, the development of security policies, the prosecution of offenders, and better education and training to reform and professionalize the army, also known as FARDC...

 

In a May report the UN Joint Human Rights Office accused members of 391 Commando Battalion (which in 2010 received US Africa Command training on respect for human rights, the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, and the relationship between civilian and military authorities in a democratic society) of engaging in atrocities, including the mass rape of women and young girls in November 2012 in Minova, eastern DRC, as they fled Goma for M23-held areas...

 

The abuses by the soldiers were committed “in a systematic manner and with extreme violence”, according to the report. At least 102 women and 33 girls, reportedly as young as six, were victims of rape or other acts of sexual violence perpetrated by government soldiers.

The soldiers were also responsible for the arbitrary execution of at least two people and the widespread looting of villages. The report contained details of victims, and eyewitness accounts of mass rape, killings, arbitrary executions and other gross violations of human rights.


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Updates on disaster risk reduction and the role of women and girls

Updates on disaster risk reduction and the role of women and girls | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) recently published the Proceedings from the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction – Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow: Resilient People – Resilient Planet, which was held in Geneva from 19-23 May, 2013.

 

The Global Platform generated critical and substantive advice for the preparation of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, commonly called “HFA2”. A key theme was that “engaging communities achieves results” (pg. 13).  By employing culturally sensitive and inclusive programs, sustainable resilience building is possible.

 

In a specific session entitled “HF2 – Women Making a Difference”, panelists expressed their disappointment that grassroots women activists in disaster risk reduction are invisible. They suggested that this was because of the disconnect between policy and practice. The panelists also lamented the fact that there is an over emphasis on women and girls’ vulnerability in disasters and not enough attention paid to their contributions and capacities. The session articulated the logic chain as follows: “there is no development without stability; there is no stabilization without social cohesion; there is no social cohesion without the active participation ofwomen” (pg. 34).

 

The participants offered several recommendations including:

 

--Recognize and work with grassroots women’s organizations

--Increase and improve the collection and use of sex and age disaggregated data

--Engage women leaders and promote women’s leadership


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The Gender-based Violence And HIV Connection

The Gender-based Violence And HIV Connection | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it
Physical violence or the threat of physical violence and coercion are all associated with HIV transmission.

 

 


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Invisible Victims: Sexual Violence against Men in the Great Lakes - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Invisible Victims: Sexual Violence against Men in the Great Lakes  - Democratic Republic of the Congo | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it

While it is tragic that there is a pandemic of violence, especially sexual violence, against women and girls across the world, it is important to recognize that sexual violence against men is also an issue to be addressed.

 

The issue of sexual violence against men "has received considerably less publicity and examination". This because there is still a stigma attached to male rape in many societies.

 

There are only a few organizations that offer help to male victims.


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Gendered Differences in Development

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Being a woman can be much more difficult, based on where you live. 

 


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Integrating gender in livestock projects and programs

Integrating gender in livestock projects and programs | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it

Evidence from several African countries suggests that female farmers are as efficient as male farmers, but are less productive because they are denied equal access to productive inputs and human capital. If their access to these inputs were at par with men’s access, total agricultural output in these countries could increase by up to 30% and increase agricultural output by up to 4%.

 

Integrating gender in programs, policies and projects thus aims to reduce gender disparities and enhance women’s participation in the economic development and their empowerment.

 

In 2012, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) adopted a gender strategy to guide the integration of gender in its work. The purpose of this manual is to provide operational guidance to ILRI staff and partners on how to integrate gender into the project cycle in accordance with the gender strategy.

The need for this manual arises both from the evidence that gender plays an important role in determining economic growth, poverty reduction, and development effectiveness, and from the less-than-systematic integration of gender concerns into livestock projects and programs.

 

The manual is organized into two main sections. The first section covers the key concepts of gender, the rationale for gender mainstreaming in livestock development projects and programs and raises the key issues in gender and
livestock development. The second section covers the integration of gender into the project cycle, from problem and context analysis, project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


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The Little Data Book on Gender 2013

This handy pocket guide is a quick reference for users interested in gender statistics. The book presents gender-disaggregated data for more than 200 economies in an easy country-by-country reference on demography, education, health, labor force, political participation and the Millennium Development Goals. The book’s summary pages cover regional and income group aggregates.


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DRC | Women's agenda is key to stabilising Eastern Congo

DRC | Women's agenda is key to stabilising Eastern Congo | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it

 

...The recent peace process for the Great Lakes has been, thus far, disappointing in terms of providing for visible participation by women stakeholders, and explicitly addressing vital women's rights issues. Indeed, other than a reference to the use of sexual violence and other serious violations as weapons of war, the Peace Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework does not explicitly address women's protection needs nor does it include measures to secure their participation over the course of its implementation.

 

Failing to change course could come at a huge cost. Measures that directly address the protection needs of women represent precisely the kind of urgent reforms that are needed to stabilise the region. By more aggressively pursuing the Women Peace and Security Agenda, peacemakers can have a strategic entry point from which to push for progress in areas that have historically resisted reform, particularly in the governance, security and justice sectors.

Widespread insecurity in eastern DRC persists in part because of a prevailing culture of predation and exploitation by the Congolese army and police, in addition to the utter absence of state authority and rampant impunity for those responsible for the commission of past and on-going serious crimes. Responding to women's protection needs involves measures that tackle these very issues.

 

The inclusion of women's voices in the formulation of stabilization measures serves to directly link peace-builders to realities on the ground. Women also represent an important constituency that can hold implementing actors of the PSC Framework accountable...


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Managing Gender-based Violence Programmes in Emergencies

Managing Gender-based Violence Programmes in Emergencies | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it

I am going to go through this e-course to gain a deeper understanding of issues of gender-based violence. 

 

 


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ONE | INFOGRAPHIC: Closing the gender gap in land rights

ONE | INFOGRAPHIC: Closing the gender gap in land rights | Gender and Protection | Scoop.it

Although women play an indispensable role in the rural economy, they face severe constraints in accessing the agricultural assets and services they need to maximize their production. It has become increasingly clear that there is a “gender gap” in resources such as land, technology, and extension services; that the gap imposes costs not only on women but also on the broader economy and society; and that closing the gap would improve agricultural productivity and reduce hunger and poverty. Oft-cited statistics from a recent FAO report focus on the gains that could be made if women had equal access to non-land resources. In light of evidence that secure rights to land for women can increase agricultural productivity and confer other household benefits, we at Landesa think it is critical to consider what additional gains could be made if women had equal access to one of the most important assets to agricultural households: land.


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