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Expert group meeting

Enabling rural women's economic empowerment: institutions, opportunities and participation
Accra, Ghana, 20-23 September 2011


In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2010-2014, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will consider ‘The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges' as its priority theme during its fifty-sixth session in 2012.

In order to contribute to a fuller understanding of the issue and to assist the Commission in its deliberations, UN Women in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will convene an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on ‘Enabling rural women's economic empowerment: institutions, opportunities and participation' from 20-23 September 2011 in Accra, Ghana.

The EGM will explore a wide range of strategies that can enhance the economic empowerment of rural women, and will focus on the following critical areas:

  • Rural women’s strengthened role in agriculture;
  • Rural women’s access to productive resources, technology markets and financing;
  • Decent and productive employment and income-generating opportunities for rural women;
  • Infrastructure and service-delivery that benefit rural women;
  • Rural women’s role in natural resource management and climate change adaptation;
  • Effective institutions and enabling policy environment that promotes gender responsive rural development.
For more information:

 Final EGM report

 Background paper

 Expert papers

Ms. Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano,
Georgetown University, United States
The Use of Participatory Methodologies to Increase Women Farmers’ Access to Productive Resources (EGM/RW/2011/EP.10)

Mr. Gilles Cliche,
Latin American Center for Rural Development, Chile
Rural Women’s Empowerment in Nonfarm Employment Issues for ICT Initiatives and Territorial Policies in Latin America (EGM/RW/2011/EP.7)

Ms. Mildred Crawford,
Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers, Jamaica
Rural Women’s Role in Agriculture (EGM/RW/2011/EP.5)

Ms. Myrna Cunningham Kain,
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Nicaragua
Role of Institutions in Rural Areas Addressing Women’s Needs, With a Focus on Indigenous Women (EGM/RW/2011/EP.11)

Ms. Cathy Rozel Farnworth,
Pandia Consulting, United Kingdom
Gender-Aware Value Chain Development (EGM/RW/2011/EP.1)

Ms. Mirlinda Kusari-Purrini,
Women’s Business Association of Kosovo, Kosovo
Economic Empowerment of Rural Women through Enterprise Development in Post-Conflict Settings (EGM/RW/2011/EP.2)

Ms. Malika Martini,
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, Algeria
Empowering Women in the Rural Labor Force with a Focus on Agricultural Employment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) (EGM/RW/2011/EP.9)

Ms. Christine Okali,
University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Achieving Transformative Change for Rural Women’s Empowerment (EGM/RW/2011/EP.8)

Ms. Esther Penunia,
Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development, the Philippines
The Role of Farmers’ Organizations in Empowering and Promoting the Leadership of Rural Women (EGM/RW/2011/EP.12)

Ms. Nitya Rao,
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Women’s Access to Land: An Asian Perspective (EGM/RW/2011/EP.3)

Ms. Eva Rathgeber,
Institute of Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
Rural Women’s Access to Science and Technology in the Context of Natural Resource Management (EGM/RW/2011/EP.6)

Ms. Zou Xiaoqiao,
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, China
Trends in the Implementation of Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (EGM/RW/2011/EP.4)

 Resource papers

The International Alliance of Women, Global Gender Climate Alliance,
Co-sponsored by the International Council of Women (ICW-CIF)
In collaboration with Women’s Environment and Development Organization
CEDAW, Rural Women and Climate Change (EGM/RW/2011/RP.1)

Getaneh Gobezie,
ACDI/VOCA, Ethiopia
Empowerment of Women and Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Microfinance (EGM/RW/2011/RP.2)

Margaret Odyek,
Uganda National Farmers Federation, Uganda
Decent and Productive Employment and Income-Generating Opportunities for Rural Women (EGM/RW/2011/RP.3)


Group picture