Gender in Agriculture Partnership

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

FSN Forum hosts ongoing online discussion on gender transformative impacts

The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) invites you to the online discussion Rural women: striving for gender transformative impacts, facilitated by FAO in collaboration with IFAD, UN Women and WFP.

The needs and priorities of rural women have been firmly on the development agenda and over time, many women have gained improved access to markets, information, financial services, skills development and labour-saving technologies. However, the lives of many rural women remain unchanged. While gender mainstreaming initiatives have often focused on empowering women economically, for women to enjoy long-term sustainable benefits the underlying causes of gender inequality should be addressed.

This online discussion aims to highlight critical gaps and priority areas for action on how to accelerate gender transformative impacts for rural women. The insights from this discussion will inform the preparations for the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women on “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”,  which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in March 2018. 

Read the full introduction to the topic, which is also available in French and Spanish on the FSN Forum website.

To take part, please send your contribution to or post your comments online upon registration to the FSN Forum.

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