The Commission on the Status of Women will hold the fifty-sixth session of their multi-year program, February 27th to March 9th 2012 at the United Nations in New York. The priority theme for this meeting is the Empowerment of Rural Women. Some key points of discussion will include agriculture, productive resources and financing, infrastructure, natural change resource management, climate adaptation and policies on rural development.

In preparation for 2012, UN Women in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) convened at an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) held September 20-23, 2011 in Accra, Ghana. To organize the information for discussion at this EGM technical background documents were formulated, creating concise studies on Rural women and development in many sectors. WEDO had the pleasure of being a key point of information in one of these technical background papers titled CEDAW, Rural Women and Climate Change .

Additional documents featured at the Expert Group Meeting:

Background Paper

Ms. Catherine Hill,
Enabling Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment: Institutions, Opportunities, and Participation (EGM/RW/2011/BP.1)

Expert Papers

Ms. Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano,
Georgetown University, United States
The Use of Participatory Methodologies to Increase Women Farmers’ Access to Productive Resources (EGM/RW/2011/EP.10)
Mr. Gilles Cliche,
Latin American Center for Rural Development, Chile
Rural Women’s Empowerment in Nonfarm Employment Issues for ICT Initiatives and Territorial Policies in Latin America (EGM/RW/2011/EP.7)
Ms. Mildred Crawford,
Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers, Jamaica
Rural Women’s Role in Agriculture (EGM/RW/2011/EP.5)
Ms. Myrna Cunningham Kain,
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Nicaragua
Role of Institutions in Rural Areas Addressing Women’s Needs, With a Focus on Indigenous Women (EGM/RW/2011/EP.11)
Ms. Cathy Rozel Farnworth,
Pandia Consulting, United Kingdom
Gender-Aware Value Chain Development (EGM/RW/2011/EP.1)
Ms. Mirlinda Kusari-Purrini,
Women’s Business Association of Kosovo, Kosovo
Economic Empowerment of Rural Women through Enterprise Development in Post-Conflict Settings (EGM/RW/2011/EP.2)
Ms. Malika Martini,
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, Algeria
Empowering Women in the Rural Labor Force with a Focus on Agricultural Employment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) (EGM/RW/2011/EP.9)
Ms. Christine Okali,
University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Achieving Transformative Change for Rural Women’s Empowerment (EGM/RW/2011/EP.8)
Ms. Esther Penunia,
Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development, the Philippines
The Role of Farmers’ Organizations in Empowering and Promoting the Leadership of Rural Women (EGM/RW/2011/EP.12)
Ms. Nitya Rao,
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Women’s Access to Land: An Asian Perspective (EGM/RW/2011/EP.3)
Ms. Eva Rathgeber,
Institute of Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
Rural Women’s Access to Science and Technology in the Context of Natural Resource Management (EGM/RW/2011/EP.6)
Ms. Zou Xiaoqiao,
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, China
Trends in the Implementation of Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (EGM/RW/2011/EP.4)

Resource Papers

The International Alliance of Women, Global Gender Climate Alliance,
Co-sponsored by the International Council of Women (ICW-CIF)
In collaboration with Women’s Environment and Development Organization
CEDAW, Rural Women and Climate Change (EGM/RW/2011/RP.1)
Getaneh Gobezie,
ACDI/VOCA, Ethiopia
Empowerment of Women and Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Microfinance (EGM/RW/2011/RP.2)
Margaret Odyek,
Uganda National Farmers Federation, Uganda
Decent and Productive Employment and Income-Generating Opportunities for Rural Women (EGM/RW/2011/RP.3)

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