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Gender blog posts

  • Women as a force to build resilience
    Many risk drivers are created by development choices at global or national levels, but all are manifested at the local level, so local people must be central to risk reduction practice. But it is important to recognise that in these communities it is the disabled, elderly, women and girls who are the most at risk. For example, women accounted for 61% of fatalities caused by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, 70-80% in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 91% […]
  • Inspired by the Commission on the Status of Women
    Women are agents of development. Realising gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is not only a goal in itself but can lead to progress across all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. This year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) stressed this and welcomed commitments to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls as per the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. More than 8,100 individuals represented over 180 countries at the event, which took place at the United Nations […]
  • Contributing to the elaboration of the National Plan of Action on Gender and Climate Change in Peru
    One of the most important outcomes of the COP20 in Peru last year was the development of the Lima Work Program on Gender and Climate Change which establishes a plan of activities to promote gender sensitivity in climate change policy and practice. Inspired by diverse discussions around gender at the 2014 COP, the Government of Peru took the ambitious decision to develop a National Plan of Action on Gender and Climate Change (PAGCC); a unique effort among South American countries. […]
  • Making it happen: practicing what we preach on gender equality
    Today is International Women’s day, themed around the call to #MakeItHappen. Tomorrow, leaders from around the world will be meeting in New York to begin the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 20 years since the first world conference on women in Beijing. So it’s fitting that Practical Action has chosen these two days to launch our own internal gender minimum standards, which will be applied to all of the work that we do. As an […]
  • Potentials of ICTs for Empowering Rural Women in Bangladesh
    Food for programme development thoughts ICTs (Information Communications Technologies) particularly mobile phone and internet penetration shows a gradual increase in Bangladesh. In the table below, it indicates, during August 2013-14, in the case of mobile phone services 8.23 million people added to the connectivity, and 458,369 people to the internet connectivity. During August 2012-13, an additional 13.82 million people were connected with mobile phone services and 683,325 thousand people to the internet. This illustrates that following the global trend, in Bangladesh, new […]
  • Inspiring Change: The role of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction
    Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is “Inspiring Change.” This makes for a particularly uplifting end to the week. Stories about powerful and influential women are filling up social media and it’s great. It’s also quite unusual. Whilst the need to recognise gender in international development processes is now broadly accepted, when we talk about the needs and experiences of women, more often than not we are talking about victims. This dialogue is important because women are […]
  • Small Business Fights Poverty?
    There is very little argument these days about whether businesses are critical in development processes. Not surprising when you consider that their combined activity eclipses both aid and government spending. But there seems to be less consensus on what approaches with business will achieve poverty outcomes. How should we shape policy and practice to ensure that when things are better for business they are better for those living in poverty? Bond’s private sector group has been looking at this question […]
  • The crucial role of women in global agriculture
    “Women farmers produce more than half of all food worldwide and currently account for 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force.”  – UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) An earlier blog highlighted the potential of smallholder producers as part of the solution to the food crisis facing the planet. A crisis that is exacerbated by inaction to reach a global deal to tackle climate change and dwindling support going to agriculture in developing countries, in spite of some ambitious […]
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