Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Empowering rural women to achieve food security and nutrition


Joint meeting


Empowering rural women to achieve food security and nutrition

The contribution of CEDAW General Recommendation 34 (2016) on the rights of rural women

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016 |09:00 – 12:00 hrs. IRAN Room (B116)



Moderator: Brave Ndisale, Director a.i. Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division, FAO


§  Karel Callens, Coordinator a.i. of the FAO Strategic Programme on Help Eliminate Hunger, Food Insecurity and Malnutrition

§  Barbara Bailey, CEDAW Committee

§  Floridalma López Sincal, Head of the Special Executive Unit for Gender Equality of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of Guatemala

§  Daphne Leah Keboneilwe, Director of Agricultural Research, Statistics and Policy Development, Ministry of Agriculture of Botswana

§  Cristina Timponi Cambiaghi, Senior Thematic Specialist, International Land Coalition

§  Maria Hartl, Technical Adviser, IFAD,

§  Jacqueline Paul, Senior Gender Adviser, WFP

§  Hajnalka Petrics, Gender and Development Officer, FAO

Gender inequalities have a negative impact on food security, nutrition and rural development. Eliminating inequalities by ensuring that women and men have equal access to productive resources, services and opportunities is therefore key to end hunger and malnutrition. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Convention) and the landmark CEDAW General Recommendation No. 34 (2016) on the rights of rural women recognize the significant contributions rural women make in reducing poverty and ending hunger. The Convention and GR34 provide practical guidance to States, the United Nations system and other development partners on actions by Member States to enhance rural women’s empowerment at policy and programme levels. These actions are closely related to the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals through advancing gender equality. 

The event, organized jointly by FAO, IFAD, WFP, UN Women and OHCHR under FAO Strategic Programme 1 on Help Eliminate Hunger, Food Insecurity and Malnutrition, will discuss how CEDAW and GR34 can promote gender equality in agriculture and rural development and serve as a basis to guide international and national efforts towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals on gender equality, poverty reduction and food security and nutrition.  It will provide a platform for representatives of the Governments of Guatemala and Botswana, UN agencies and the civil society to share their experiences with CEDAW implementation.  

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