24 June, 2022
Image: New York Times
Quote of the Week:
"Because women possess unique knowledge and experience, particularly at the local level, their inclusion in decision-making processes is critical to effective climate action. A 2019 study found that increasing women’s representation in national parliaments leads to the adoption of more stringent climate change policies, resulting in lower emissions. At the local level, the participation of women in natural resource management is associated with better resource governance and conservation outcomes.

Expanding women’s access to productive resources can increase agricultural production and food security and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. If all women smallholders received equal access to productive resources, their farm yields would rise by 20 to 30 per cent, and 100 to 150 million people would no longer go hungry. Increasing farm yields can reduce the pressure to deforest more land, reducing additional emissions.

In the workplace, women’s leadership is associated with increased transparency around climate impact. Higher percentages of women on corporate boards positively correlates with the disclosure of carbon emissions information.

Effective, collective action against climate change will require big shifts in how we produce and measure economic value. Transitioning away from extractivist practices and fossil fuel economies poses an opportunity to create new jobs and reskill women workers. Increasing investment in the care sector is an effective way to shift focus towards collective wellbeing and strengthen economies without increasing emissions."




  • NEW! International Consultant to work on Adjusted Gender Pay Gap and Analysis of Gender Inequality in the Labour Market in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • The objective of the assignment is to conduct the analysis and of the regional and country level adjusted Gender Pay Gap based on available national survey data (such as the Labour Force Survey, Household Survey etc). The consultant will also develop an analysis of the labour market structure identifying vertical and horizonal segregation within the economy as well as analysing trends in formal and informal (self-)employment where possible. The consultant will produce a regional analytical report as well as country level reports.
    • Deadline: June 27, 2022 Midnight EST
  • NEW! Where Technology Meets Land Rights: Utilizing Technologies to Support Land Governance – LandPortal
    • This webinar will ask important and thought-provoking questions such as where does technology meet land rights? And once it does, what are the potential benefits and drawbacks? While we can all agree that tech can be used for good, what are the outliers and risks? More specifically, is technology and data sharing a viable, practical and sensitive way for Indigenous communities to fight for their land rights?
    • Date: July 7, 2022 09:00 AM in Montreal
  • NEW! Postdoctoral Fellow – Gender Research (Cassava) – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
    • The Muhogo Bora project is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join the project team based in IITA Tanzania. Muhogo Bora means “Better cassava” in Swahili, and we provide support to develop and expand cassava seed systems in Tanzania with targeted outreach to the Western Zone, Central and Southern Highlands regions. The project complements and builds on ongoing efforts from the Building an Economically Sustainable Seed System for Cassava in Tanzania (BEST Cassava) project that has operated since 2017, and will end this year and transition into the Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System, Phase 2 (BASICS-II) project in 2022 in Tanzania. Muhogo Bora presents a complementary opportunity to amplify and adapt the existing Cassava Seed Entrepreneur (CSE) model to provide equitable outcomes for women who are represented in low numbers as CSEs compared to men.
    • Deadline: July 8, 2022 
  • NEW! Postdoctoral Researcher, Gender and Social Inclusion (G-22-60) – International Potato Center (CIP) 
    • The International Potato Center is seeking a dynamic early career social scientist as post-doctoral researcher, knowledgeable in the analysis of gender in agricultural development contexts, to introduce gender analysis and gender action research into its breeding interventions across Africa and Latin America. Breeding strategies that are blind to gender differences are likely to result in continued low rates of adoption, representing wasted investment, and potentially the reproduction of gender inequalities. Adoption of new varieties intersects with gender relations and possible intra-household inequality (i.e. control, access, and decision-making across a range of issue areas, such as land tenure, seed systems, cultivation, labor, capital, use of earned income, nutrition). Such social context must be understood to enable gender-responsive breeding to equitably benefit both women and men.
    • Deadline: July 17, 2022 
  • Head of Program Portfolio for the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
    • Deadline: June 26, 2022
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Lead – The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
    • Deadline: June 28, 2022
  • 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)
    • Deadline: June 30, 2022
  • DAAD Agriculture-Alumni Workshop, – Deutscher Academischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)  
    • Date: September 11 - 16, 2022 in Stuttgart and Prague
  • 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)
    • Deadline: September 15, 2022

...and finally, some food for thought

"After the trip, reluctant to let the discussions go, she co-founded a blog where women could share their accounts. Stories poured in, and became the genesis of a book, “The Sex Lives of African Women.” Composed of 32 first-person accounts, including Sekyiamah’s own, it was at once relatable — and revolutionary.

The book explores the ways African women have sought freedom, pleasure and healing through their sexual experiences. In a continent where comprehensive sex education in schools is minimal to nonexistent, and religious and social traditions have kept women from exploring their sexuality or discussing it publicly, “Sex Lives” has sparked a debate across the region and the African diaspora.

“This book captures our collective story of sexual liberation,” said Felogene Anumo, who attended a recent stage production of the book in a packed auditorium in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. “It captures our experiences of pain and pleasure in the same book and helps decolonize the gaze that the majority of the world has had on the African female body.”"

– Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times


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