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International Day of Rural Women 2019

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is pleased to mark the International Day of Rural Women – October 15th – by sharing recent and compelling gender research from across CGIAR. A video by the CGIAR System Management Office offers us a welcoming glimpse of the rationale behind and diversity of system-wide gender research. 


international day of rural women 2019 by CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research on Exposure. (Photo credit: Khant Zaw)

This year’s theme is: ‘Rural Women and Girls Building Climate Resilience‘ so we begin this campaign with a video about gender-responsive rural climate services in Vietnam and a related literature review. We then keep moving around the globe delving into research that covers:

  • A video featuring a rural woman in Ghana and the challenges and opportunities that she faces in a context of limited land and tree access across international borders;
  • The theme-focused newsletter of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA);
  • Synthesized work about the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and an invitation to a Twitter chat on the topic: “How can measuring women’s empowerment in agriculture support rural women worldwide?“;
  • An introduction to a book chapter on “Gender equality: women’s empowerment for rural revitalization“;
  • A video charting the experience of rural women in the maize seed business in East and Southern Africa;
  • The first gender-focused newsletter of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC);
  • A paper on women, irrigation and social norms in Egypt;
  • Another paper on the dynamics of joint decision-making in rural areas;
  • And, finally, links to other CGIAR pieces of work relevant for International Day of Rural Women (and beyond).

CGIAR gender research provides evidence to take gender and development initiatives to the next level. Join us in celebrating rural women today!

On this date, and everyday, celebrate rural women today!

Follow the conversation and contributions from across the system on social media, including via #GenderInAg, #IDRW2019 and #RuralWomen:

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About the cover photo:

During the Monsoon season, we made a day trip with my cousins to Pyay, Myanmar. We passed the outskirts of the city and we found a vast area of green paddy fields. As we stopped by, we saw young girl farmers transplanting the paddy plants. This lovely girl was very happy to pose for my photo! Photo by Khant Zaw. This photo was submitted to Bioversity International’s photo contest ‘Women and Agricultural Biodiversity’: www.bioversityinternational.org/photo-contest/

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