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Herewith I forward you all the link to a marvelous online toolbook in Spanish: http://www.ruta.org/toolbox/toolboxGenero.html It was just launched a few days ago by RUTA and GTZ, as members of a Central American learning platform on gender and value chains. I hope it will be useful, at least for the Spanish speaking members. Sigrid Meijer, Inclusive Growht Expert ProPemce, Managua, Nicaragua
Many consumers think gender is sufficiently covered by fairtrade certification. In actual fact this is not true. FLO needs to balance it with child labour, smallholder empowerment and ecology.
Is it time for a special label indicating impact on women empowerment?
CAFE FEMININO seems to be doing OK, so why not copy this into other commodities?
Would be grateful for your insights
I have come across this publication from the Danish Institute of International Studies: Integrating Poverty, Gender and Environmental Concerns into Value Chain Analysis. The document can be downloaded from: www.diis.dk. Working Paper 2008/16. The researchers use Elson's gendered economy as the central concept which leads them to focus more on the labour issues of value chain participation. However they recognise that their analysis is limited. It's an interesting starting point and worth reading.
I went to this interesting workshop organised by MVO Platform (that receives co-funding from Oxfam Novib). I wanted to share some viewpoints on gender in trade, mainly from a macroeconomic perspective brought in by Irene van Staveren.
Irene is Associate Professor of Feminist Development Economics at the ISS and Professor of Economics and Christian Ethics at Nijmegen University. Author of “The feminist economics of Trade”.
RELEVANCE FOR US:•
To be aware of the reasoning from macro-economic perspective on gender inequality in trade and the business case for women’s empowerment
• Linkis is co-funding MVO platform and is keen to hear what is done to address gender issues.
• ISS organises 3-week certificate courses on “gender and economic policy analysis”. We could ask Irene to do an in-house crash course for a group if we manage to mobilise ourselves.
-This is a (probably too) simplistic summary and the official documents from the course are
When we started this network on gender in value chains, one of the needs formulated was access to tools and instruments to support gender sensitive value chain development. So in the past months we worked hard to develop the ‘tools wiki’ to satisfy this need. Please click on the tab 'tools' to refresh your memory on this wiki or click on this link: http://genderinvaluechains.pbworks.com/ Are you also looking forward to finding more tools and instruments on our tools wiki? We are! So on Thursday 11th of June we organize a morning session with a small group to discuss how to further develop this wiki. And you can join us to give input and share your opinion The following topics are on the agenda: • Wiki: status, objectives and criteria: What is your opinion? What are criteria for content? What can be improved? • How to collect and harvest tools and materials? What topics, who may contribute, how do we approach them? • The role of the ‘editorial group’. We are still looking... Read more
best practices for progreso network.doc Dear all, I've just posted a question on the Progreso Network Ning (see text below or the attachment), asking for experiences of women in producer organisations. Please have a look there, perhaps linking would be interesting. Best, Gudule Dear all, How to improve the position and role of women in economic value chains is a question I and many others are working on/with. Within the gender in value chains trajectory of AgriProFocus, a group of academics and practicioners are sharing experiences. Perhaps this Network can also be helpful in finding examples of how producers organisations work on gender equality and women's rights. We would be really greatful for contributions from the field. Below, I do post two examples I found, but do not know from first hand experience. Videos of both cooperatives are included. The attached file contains the same text (and the table looks a whole lot better there...). Hope to hear from you, and please visit... Read more
I am trying to break down 'feminization of poverty' with specific reference to women workers in the agricultural sector. I know that there is very sparse gender-disaggregated data, but any help with the following would be much appreciated: 1. Would anyone have information or references to data sources on women's participation rates in the agricultural sector? And by 'agricultural sector', I would tend to include only only women who work on their own/family owned farms but also women who work in agri-based industries in most value-chains. 2. Regional variations on the above 3. Social status of the women who work in this sector (w.r.t education levels, asset ownership, access to medical care, child care, etc) 4. Literature suggests that a large number of women in export-oriented agri-industries are migrant workers. Is there any info on the migratory patterns? 5. Any other information that throws light on where women work, the kind of work they do, their living conditions, etc. Many thanks... Read more
Based on the outcomes of the Agri-ProFocus learning trajectory on Gender in Value Chains over 2008 we have started applying some of our lessons learned in practice. The picture captures our approach Since March 2009 a growing community of Agri-ProFocus members including ICCO, KIT, HIVOS, Oxfam Novib, Cordaid, SNV, Solidaridad, CIDIN, Both Ends, WUR and the University of Twente have joined our action-learning initiative. Each organisation has selected one or more cases to experiment with together with their Southern partners. Each case is working with an action-learning plan based on a predeveloped Guideline. You can find an overview of active cases here. We are now inviting other organisations to participate in this process. Requirements are that you have a specific case and learning question(s),. If you are interested please reply to this item, or mail Roel Snelder. Want to know more? - Read the Guideline we use for developing the action learning plans per case / chain. - Take note of the emerging framework we... Read more
On March 10th about 30 professionals from the Agri-ProFocus network got together to exchange experiences and current thinking on gender in value chains. Discussions were very active and lively. This is to share with you the materials used and produced for and at the event. Feel free to use them in your own work on gender in value chains.
- Gender in Value Chains Working Paper.doc - Programme Getting to Grips with Gender in Value Chains.ppt - Gender in Value Chains Lessons Learned.ppt - Participants March 10th.xls - Gender Action Learning Uganda - Oxfam Novib.ppt - Tools Gender in Value Chains Wiki - ICCO.ppt
Three new case studies on the impacts of monoculture tree plantations on women in Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Brazil will be released on 8 March, International Women’s Day. The case studies (1) and a related short video (2) are available online at www.wrm.org or at www.foei.org. Just click below for: - the full report - the video - a summary The cases are jointly published by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) and Friends of the Earth International. International Women’s Day is an important day for celebrating the crucial role played by women in our societies and reminding ourselves that we still have a long way to go to achieve gender justice, equality and equity in our societies. The three new case studies carried out on three continents demonstrate that women who live near monoculture tree plantations are very negatively affected by them. NIGERIA The case study from Nigeria is focused on the Iguóbazuwa Forest Reserve, a highly biologically diverse region in the southwest whose... Read more
As members of Agri-ProFocus, working on value chains and rural livelihoods, we became confronted with the non-gender sensitiveness of most of our tools and interventions. We decided to take up this issue, and started a learning trajectory on gender in value chains. During this process it became clear that we have to combine different knowledge fields: ‘gender and women empowerment’ with ‘value chain/pro-poor development’. We have documented the main initiatives that have been taken so far within the gender in value chains trajectory in this working paper. In doing so, we intend to share the insights generated and lessons learned so far. The paper starts with a brief explanation of what has been undertaken so far (section A). One of the core initiatives has been the collection of seven relevant cases. These cases, all describing interventions in a value chain, have been analysed on gender and empowerment questions. The insights that were generated out of these cases are discussed... Read more