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  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

    • FAO Policy of Gender Equality: Attaining Food Security Goals in Agriculture and Rural Development
      www.fao.org/gender ] Languages: English
      The purpose of this policy document is to provide FAO with a framework to guide its efforts to achieve gender equality in all its technical work and to assess results, and calls on the whole organization to contribute to these efforts.

    • FAO Gender Website
      www.fao.org/gender ] Languages:
       Arabic |  Chinese |  English |  French |  Russian |  Spanish 
      FAO's corporate website on Gender draws attention to FAO's work on gender issues in agriculture and rural development. It provides a wide range of resources, such as news articles, videos, audios, toolkits and publications. It includes good practices and success stories from FAO projects.

    • The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011: Women in agriculture: closing the gender gap for development
      www.fao.org ] Languages:
       Arabic |  Chinese |  English |  French |  Russian |  Spanish 
      The State of Food and Agriculture 2010–11 makes the “business case” for addressing gender issues in agriculture and rural employment. The agriculture sector is underperforming in many developing countries, in part because women do not have equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. The gender gap imposes real costs on society in terms of lost agricultural output, food security and economic growth. Promoting gender equality is not only good for women; it is also good for agricultural development.

    • Closing the Gap between men and women in agriculture
      www.fao.org/sofa/gender/en/ ] Languages: English
      The agriculture sector is underperforming in many developing countries, in part because men and women do not have equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be productive. Across countries and contexts: women have consistently less access than men to agricultural assets, inputs and services and to rural employment opportunities. Increasing women's access to land, livestock, education, financial services, extension, technology and rural employment would boost their productivity and generate gains in agricultural output, food security, economic growth and social welfare. The gains in agricultural production alone could lift 100–150 million people out of hunger. Closing the gender gap is not only the right thing to do. It is crucial for agricultural development and food security.

    • Infographic: The female face of farming
      www.fao.org/gender/infographic/en/ ] Languages: English
      Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in the developing world. Yet they receive only a fraction of the land, credit, inputs (such as improved seeds and fertilizers), agricultural training and information compared to men. Empowering and investing in rural women has been shown to significantly increase productivity, reduce hunger and malnutrition and improve rural livelihoods. And not only for women, but for everyone. Let's take a closer look at the story of women and agriculture.

    • Gender and Land Rights Database
      www.fao.org/gender/landrights/en/ ] Languages:  English 
      Easy access to up-to-date information on gender and land rights.
      Disparities on land access are one of the major causes for social and gender inequalities in rural areas. Gender differentiated rights to land have implications on rural food security and nutrition as well as on the wellbeing of rural families and individuals. Learn more about the different factors that relate to gender inequalities embedded in land rights.

    • The Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis (SEAGA) Programme
      www.fao.org/gender/seaga/seaga-home/en/ ] Languages:  English 
      A resource of practical tools and guidelines for integrating socio-economic and gender issues at community, institutional and policy levels in various sectors related to agriculture and rural development.

  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

    • IAEA Resources for Women
      www.iaea.org ] Languages:  English 
      This website gives information about women in the nuclear field, steps taken by the IAEA to recruit women, IAEA reports on women in the Secretariat, and descriptions of the ways in which the Agency's work impacts women.

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

  • International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

    • Gender Issues
      www.itu.int ] Languages:  English 
      ITU's policy recognizes that society as a whole will benefit from equal participation of women and men in policy and decision-making and from equal access to communications services.

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

  • World Bank Group

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    • Department of Gender and Women's Health (GWH)
      www.who.int ] Languages:  English 
      The Department of Gender and Women's Health is charged with helping WHO's various programs and departments undertake the challenge of integrating gender considerations into their work. It is also responsible for researching and disseminating information on topics directly pertaining to women's health, such as gender-based violence against women.

    • WHO Gender Policy
      www.who.int ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian 

    • Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)
      www.paho.org ] Languages:  English | Spanish 
      PAHO works with the health sector to advocate, strengthen capacity, and involve stakeholders in formulating better health policies and improving prevention and health care. It was the first UN organization to pass a resolution recognizing violence as a human rights and public health problem (1993).

  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    • Women and Intellectual Property
      www.wipo.int ] Languages:  English 
      Information about intellectual property issues and WIPO activities that may be of particular interest and concern to women.

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