• Friday, April 18, 2014
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    Gender and rural employment: Differentiated pathways out of poverty

    FAO, IFAD and ILO are organizing a three-day technical expert workshop on “Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty”, which will be held in Rome, from 31 March to 2 April 2009.

    Why discussing gender and rural employment?

    Rural employment is currently the subject of considerable discussion in international policy circles, particularly in the context of the global financial and food crises, as it could play a very powerful role in reducing poverty worldwide, thereby contributing to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

    It is increasingly recognized that rural employment is central to achieving equitable growth and poverty reduction but yet it offers different opportunities for participation in labour markets and different conditions of employment for men and women.

    In fact, gender inequality is a matter of global concern, with regard to disparities in life opportunities between men and women, including participation in the public sphere. And, if gender inequality is highly variable between regions and labour sectors, there is evidence that, globally, women’s benefits from rural employment, including both self-employment and wage employment, are less than men’s in all four decent work pillars – employment creation and enterprise development, social protection, standards and rights at work, governance and social dialogue.

    This technical expert workshop aims at analyzing trends and issues, identifying gaps, best practice and knowledge, and providing suggestions and recommendations to define future research programmes and to support policy making processes. It will gather experts of different countries, profile and background (42 papers have been selected out of about 200 submitted) along with participants of UN agencies and international organizations.

    For more information go to the workshop webpages.

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