SPRING, TOPS, and USAID invite you to participate in the final segment of the three-part webinar series, Women’s Empowerment and Men’s Engagement: How a Focus on Gender Can Support Agriculture and Nutrition.
Gender inequality is recognized as a common underlying constraint to food and nutrition security in developing countries. This is seen through gendered divisions and societal expectations in relation to economic activities, household decision-making, and caregiving. These divisions—which can be reinforced through traditional development programming—risk limiting impact by failing to bridge the disconnect between who has economic authority and opportunities and who is responsible for nutrition and care within households. For stronger development impact on food/nutrition security and “transformative” gender change, there is increasing recognition of the importance of engaging both men and women for gender equality.
Theresa Hwang, Gender Director, and Maureen Miruka, Pathways Team Leader, will share experience from CARE’s rights-based approach to gender equality, which recognizes that men are not only instrumental to women’s empowerment, but that they are also affected by poverty and face specific vulnerabilities and limitations based on their gendered roles. Working with men in transformative ways is seen as an outcome of conscientization (personal reflection), synchronizing with women’s empowerment activities, engaging dialogues with critical relationships, mobilizing to building awareness, and linking to advocacy efforts across different levels. This webinar will share CARE’s experiences and emerging lessons in this field.