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International Women´s Day

Published: 08 March 2021
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8 March is the International Women´s Day. A day to celebrate the incredible women around us, but even more a day to emphasise the work that needs to be done for gender equality, women´s right in society and equal education for girls and boys among many other things. SLU is involved in several research projects which are strengthening women´s independence in society.

Here below are some examples of SLU's research, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, in helping acheive the Sustainable Development Goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Entrepreneurship as empowerment? Gendered opportunities and challenges in entrepreneurial urban and peri-urban agriculture in Rwanda

This project explores how and why women, men and youth engage as entrepreneurs in UPA, which gendered and generational opportunities and challenges they face and how this influences their empowerment - in Kigali, Rwanda.

Gender issues in contemporary research on agriculture for food security
Knowledge gaps and key issues across the AgriFoSe2030 themes

Agriculture in low- and middle-income countries faces considerable challenges, ranging from increased food demand to climate change impacts, with rapidly evolving scope and complexity. At the same time, the opportunities to address these challenges are significant, which brings optimism that efforts in agricultural research can succeed. One major barrier, however, threatens to inhibit the impacts of agricultural research: the low level of gender equity in low- and middle-income countries. 

Revitalizing community-managed irrigation systems in the context of out-migration in Nepal

This project seeks to identify the pathways through which a greater engagement of marginal groups can help to revitalise collective natural resource management. Such bottom-up processes of change could be a vital part of a long-term transition towards more equal access to resources and improved food security in rural households of the Global South.

Shea contributes to the financial independence of rural women in Burkina Faso

This short film below takes you to the rural areas of Burkina Faso, where you will meet some women telling you about the importance of shea trees for independence and how to make shea butter. 

Governing climate resilient futures: Gender, justice and conflict resolution in resource management

This research probes the link between gender and social inequalities, conflict, and how they affect sustainable and resilient climate development pathways. The project involves senior and junior researchers, and academic and non-academic institutions from Sweden and Kenya, Nepal and Nicaragua.

Market driven afforestation: Trajectories in social resilience and environmental sustainability under land-use intensification

The aim of the project is to identify and describe positive and negative trajectories in (i) rural household income and gender equity, (ii) agricultural production and food security, (iii) water-balance at landscape level and downstream, (iv) carbon sequestration in biomass and soil at landscape level and (v) soil fertility and long-term sustainability of agricultural and forest production, in the Amhara region in Ethiopia.

UN's Committee for Food Security working for gender equality 

Five years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the world is not on track to achieve the SDG2 target of Zero Hunger. Hunger is globally on the rise. About 746 million people are facing severe food insecurity and COVID-19 pandemic will add millions of additional people to the ranks of the undernourished, disproportionately affecting women and girls as a result of gender inequality and discrimination.

Article on the Swedish FAO Committee's website (in Swedish and English).

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