Monday, February 13, 2012
ONLINE DISCUSSION: Equal rights to resources: The key to empowering rural women. But what's stopping it?
Wikigender is hosting an online discussion on the topic of “Equal rights to resources: the key to empowering rural women. But what's stopping it?” The discussion will help to inform a side event at the 56th session of the UN Commision on the Status of Women (CSW) on March 1.
Wikigender invites its powerful community in participating in the online discussion on rural women’s empowerment and to present the main outcomes of the discussion at the CSW side event organised by the OECD Development Centre. At the side event entitled “Empowering women by transforming social institutions” at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be presented the Social Institutions and Gender Index and findings linking land rights, food security and agricultural production.
The inputs from the Wikigender community will be presented via a summary report presented by community manager Estelle Loiseau at the event. We hope that your inputs will enrich the discussion at the side event in New York on 1 March and increase the centrality of rural women’s role in key areas such as poverty reduction.
The following guiding questions have been offered to stimulate discussion:
- How does discrimination in access to, and control over, resources such as land and property influence rural women and girls’ social and economic outcomes? How does discrimination against rural women and girls relate to broader policy challenges such as food insecurity, climate change and poverty?
- What are examples of successful approaches for ensuring women and girls’ rights to resources (land, credit, other), both in the law and practice on the ground?
- What actions should governments, donors, UN bodies and civil society take to address discrimination against rural women and girls?
The discussion will be open from Monday 13 February at until Wednesday 22 February. Go here to join the discussion.