Gender in Agriculture Partnership

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

GAP Update - May 2017

Welcome to the GAP Update!

​GAP Update is a briefing service from the Gender in Agriculture Partnership, a partnership open to all those who work for the economic empowerment of women in agriculture. Our aim is to keep you regularly informed and aware of new initiatives and actions around the world.

News and Events

UN Commission on the Status of Women provides roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy

UN Member States today committed to ensure women’s full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, as well as women’s right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieving sustainable development. This strong pledge to women’s economic empowerment came at the closing of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), the two-week meeting that concluded today

What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 24 – 26 May, is expected to convene more than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, disaster experts, along with representatives from civil society organizations, United Nations, academia and technology sector, and the private sector.

Making the SDGs work for women: Experts meet at the UN ahead of High-Level Political Forum

UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) will convene an expert group meeting from 30 to 31 May at UN Headquarters in New York, to discuss “Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls through the Gender-responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

ICBA partners with Gates Foundation and Islamic Development Bank to pilot pioneering leadership program for Arab women scientists

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has joined forces with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to pilot a novel leadership program for Arab women scientists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Reducing inequality in a turbulent world: Scaling-up strategies to secure indigenous, community, and women's land rights

The organizing partners invite you to join us for one of the largest international conferences advancing joint efforts to secure the land and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and women. 

Resources and Oportunities

Change in the Making: the renewed effort to mainstream gender in CGIAR research

The  CGIAR Gender Research Action Plan – Brief Series  was developed to capture the knowledge and achievements of the Gender Research Action Plan and includes a set of four briefs. These briefs are intended to (1) provide an overview of activities, achievements, lessons learned and opportunities in key areas...

First ever newsletter of CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research now out

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research has just released the first issue of its newsletter. The newsletters will feature highlights of gender research across CGIAR, links to selected publications, reports about the webinars organized by the Platform, and upcoming events.

A framework for measuring women’s empowerment at multiple levels

In this blog, Dr. Kathryn Yount, Professor and Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health at Emory University and member of the External Advisory Committee of the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project Phase Two (GAAP2), discusses how to conceptualize and measure the process of women’s empowerment and why this issue is important for development work.

Results of Independent Evaluation of Gender in CGIAR have been released

The head of the Independent Evaluation Arrangement of CGIAR has shared the final reports of the Evaluation of Gender in CGIAR, which includes two volumes, Gender in CGIAR Research (Vol. I) and Gender at the Workplace (Vol. II). The two reports are the result of in-depth analysis and extensive consultations...

We look forward to hearing from you about HOW YOU would like to be involved with GAP transform agriculture to empower women! Please let us know what you and your organizations are doing in the topical areas of GAP, and contribute to the latest discussions on our LinkedIn Group! If you have relevant materials (articles, blogs, videos etc) that we can also share through GAP, please don’t hesitate to send them to, or register as a Partner or Catalyst on the GAP website to directly post your materials.

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