Harnessing the Potential of Women in the Fight Against Poverty
How to reduce inequalities and advance the status of rural women...through improved access to: Productive resources Participation in rural institutions and decision-making Basic services and rural infrastructure IFAD IFADsPerspective Why do it? What are the challenges? The way ahead The way ahead
A root cause of poverty: the imbalance between... What rural women have: 2% of land 5% extension services 15% parliamentary seats Marginal access to formal credit Less education Fewer rights What rural women do: Family care Domestic work Agricultural production Income - generation Management of household food security Natural resources management
Nutrition Maternal mortality Infant mortality HIV/ AIDS Malaria and other diseases Income growth Water and sanitation Universal primary education Gender equality/ womens empowerment an opportunity, and an essential condition for achieving the Millennium Development Goals ODA for basic services Reducing inequalities - Empowering women...
Achieving the MDG, empowering women Global challenges: More resources, but also...better planned and better focused Turning globalization into an opportunity and not a risk Mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on women More of the same is not enough
IFADs challenges: Reinforcing field impact and achieving a broader catalytic effect through: through: IFADs achievements: Organization and decision-making Economic empowerment Improved living conditions advocacy policy dialogue partnerships Achieving the MDG, empowering women
1.Womens access to productive resources 1. Womens access to productive resources A matter of Legal and policy frameworks but also... Gender roles and culture Social recognition of womens rights IFAD Achieving the MDG and empowering rural women - Critical issues: Enabling conditions
2. Womens participation and decision-making A matter of Legal and policy frameworks Gender roles and culture Quotas? Confidence Womens time Organization Beyond groups to broader coalitions and sustainable local institutions IFAD Achieving the MDG and empowering rural women - Critical issues:
3. Lack of basic services and rural infrastructure A constraint for rural people But will commitments materialize? A special burden for women and girls A central MDG concern (22/49 indicators) IFAD A limiting factor for womens advancement Achieving the MDG and empowering rural women - Critical issues:
How to reduce inequalities and advance the status of rural women...through improved access to: Productive resources Participation in rural institutions and decision-making Basic services and rural infrastructure IFAD IFADsPerspective
The way ahead: key questions... ASIA Which new development approaches? What issues to address in advocacy and policy dialogue? How to engage men as champions of womens empowerment?