18 June, 2022
Image: Joanne Coates, BBC
Quote of the Week:
"A collaboration with more than 40 women, Daughters of the Soil explores questions around land inheritance, farming stereotypes and the history of who has traditionally worked the land.

"The project offered the opportunity to chronicle the lives and stories of these women," explains Ms Coates.

"Women aren't as visible as men on farms but we are seeing them more.

"The female workforce are driving tractors, having a social-media presence and can be seen on TV, but they don't often inherit land or work in leadership positions."

While in residency with the Maltings and Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) and Institute for Creative Arts Practice, Ms Coates worked with Prof Sally Shortall, whose research focuses on gender relations in agriculture."

– Matthew Tucker, BBC News




  • NEW! Head of Program Portfolio for the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
    • This position will support the management and governance bodies of the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform to meet their objectives, and it will oversee program budgeting and financial management as well as supervise operations. This position reports to the Platform Director and works closely with the GENDER Impact Platform Office, the leaders of the modules on Evidence, Methods and Alliances, research teams and partners.  The position will also support the new initiative ‘Harnessing Gender and Social Equality for Resilience in Agrifood Systems’ (‘HER +’),  as part of the CGIAR gender portfolio of work, working closely with the HER+ team. The incumbent will supervise a  Program Officer, and work with the Hosting Center team at ILRI on contracting, finance and administration.
    • Deadline: June 26, 2022
  • NEW! Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Lead – The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
    • Do you want to make a difference by ensuring gender-positive and gender-transformative outcomes and impacts for the people of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region? This strategically placed position in ICIMOD puts you at the forefront of leading the gender and social inclusion work of ICIMOD in the region and within the institution.
      We are looking for a senior professional who is a thought leader, but also resourceful, a good communicator, results driven, and motivated to make a difference. You will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal, and working in a cross-cultural, impact-oriented environment. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to support change in the lives of men and women, and other disadvantaged groups, in building their resilience and improving lives and livelihoods, as ICIMOD moves into its new Strategy 2030 period, from 2023, with gender and social inclusion at the heart of its work.
    • Deadline: June 28, 2022
  • NEW! Call for Applications: Gender-Responsive Plant Breeding and Seed Systems Course (12th-17th; 26th-30th September, 2022) – Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT)
    • Makerere University (Uganda) and Cornell University (USA), in partnership with the Generating Evidence and New Directions for Equitable Results (GENDER Platform) arm of One CGIAR, have designed a Gender-Responsive Plant breeding and seed systems course targeting interdisciplinary teams of biophysical and social scientists in national agricultural research institutions (NARIs), the CGIAR system, and other agricultural research for development (A4RD) institutions in South Asia. The purpose of the course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to identify and address gender issues in plant breeding and seed systems programs to achieve climate resilience outcomes.
    • Deadline: June 30, 2022
  • NEW! DAAD Agriculture-Alumni Workshop, – Deutscher Academischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)  
    • The DAAD Agriculture-Alumni Training Network is organizing a one-week
      workshop in Germany and Czech Republic. The theme for this workshop is ‘Integrating Systems for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification’. This initiative will bring together German university alumni from East Africa for a 7-day workshop hosted by the University of Hohenheim including the international Tropentag conference in Prague under the topic “Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmer’s and academia’s view”. 
    • Date: September 11 - 16, 2022 in Stuttgart and Prague
  • NEW! The OWSD - Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World – The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
    • The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, having often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment, both at a regional and international level, and must have received their PhD in STEM in the last ten years.
    • Deadline: September 15, 2022
  • Jobs, innovation and rural value chains in the context of climate transition: Bridging the gap between research and policy – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
    • Date: June 21 - 24,  2022 Online and at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy
  • Webinar on GenderUp; a Conversational Tool for Responsible Scaling – CGIAR (Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers) Gender Platform
    • Date: June 22, 2022 16:00 - 17:00 EAT

...and finally, some food for thought

"In a fit of nostalgia, I recently watched Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001). Though I’d seen the film years before, I noticed this time that the plot turns on an Asian woman: Mark’s Japanese ex-wife, the thorny source of his and Daniel’s decades-long conflict. Yet she is both nameless and faceless: The only shot we glimpse of her is of her naked back arched over Daniel on the floor. Simultaneously erased and hypervisible, she exists solely to be a two-timing whore.

I wish Bridget Jones’s Diary were an outlier indicative of a former era. But like a stubborn rash, this phenomenon refuses to die out. In other beloved films and TV shows written, directed, and/or produced by white women, the figure of the Asian woman might be hypervisible or erased, but she is always a whore. I noticed it again in Netflix’s Senior Year, released this past May, and in media across the time span of the two films—media created not, as you might expect, by white men but white women. Under their gaze, Asian women are either invisible or slotted into one of five categories: The Hypersexual Woman, The Other Woman, The Competition, The New Girlfriend, or The (Faux) Aspirational Goal"

– Elaine Hseih Chou, Vanity Fair


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