Mainstreaming gender in the programme
Programme activities aim at addressing the needs of men,women and children in an equal way. This approach is fully in line with the FAO Policy on Gender Equality which stresses FAO’s commitment to:
“advancing women’s and men’s equal voice, agency and access to resources and services in all its areas of work.”
The Programme thus seeks to:
- increase gender balance in all activities;
- make sure rural women’s interests are represented at both national and global level policy consultations;
- include gender considerations in programme tools, guidelines, and papers;
- identify additional gender issues to be considered while carrying out activities; and
- document the value of a gender sensitive approach.
In this way, the Programme will concretely show how accounting for gender equality in food security programmes contributes to their success.
The programme is developing:
- automated software for the gender disaggregated analysis of household survey data;
- national capacity for collecting, analyzing and disseminating gender-disaggregated data;
- tools and indicators for measuring the quality and diversity of women’s diets which can be incorporated into national surveys;
- a methodology for assessing the impact of food security programmes which includes gender related outcomes; and
- e-learning materials and training courses in designing gender-sensitive food security programmes.
Gender mainstreaming is the globally recognized strategy for achieving gender equality.
“the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action in all areas and at all levels. That means making both the concerns and experiences of women and men an integral dimension of all agriculture and rural development efforts.“
Gender equality is achieved when “women and men enjoy equal rights, opportunities and entitlements in civil and political life.”
- from the FAO Gender website which provides definitions for commonly used words.
For more information see: http://www.fao.org/gender/gender-home/gender-why/why-gender/