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International Women's Day - SLU research examples for women's empowerment

Published: 08 March 2023

Today, 8 March, is the International Women´s Day. A day to celebrate the incredible women around us and honour those before us. It is also a reminder that we must continue to work for women’s empowerment. As well as it creates awareness about the width of the gender dimension and intersectionality which can be applied to all contexts and issues, such as: justice, land rights, food security, education, health etcetera.

SLU is involved in several research projects which are strengthening women´s independence in society. Here below are some examples of SLU's research, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, in helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Pipe project fights hunger in West Pokot as women embrace simple tech

Projects within AgriFoSe2030 are contributing to improve peoples lives and livelihoods. One project, Transformation of pastoral livelihoods in Kenya, strengthens smallholder farmers so that poor smallholders can have stable access to and consume safe and nutritious food. The projects has got national attention in Kenya due to its successful results.

Q&A series- Judith Irene Nagasha: Integrating gender in livestock value chains

Judith Irene Nagasha is a Lecturer of Development Studies at Kyambogo University, Uganda. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience and community outreach in Uganda. Her areas of specialisation and interest are food security, climate change, and natural resource management viewed from a gender perspective.

Entrepreneurship as Empowerment? Gendered opportunities and challenges in entrepreneurial urban and peri-urban agriculture in Rwanda

This project explored how and why women, men and youth engage as entrepreneurs in UPA, which gendered and generational opportunities and challenges they face and how this influences their empowerment - in Kigali, Rwanda.

Governing Climate Resilient Futures: Gender, justice and conflict resolution in resource management

This research probes the link between gender and social inequalities, conflict, and how they affect sustainable and resilient climate development pathways.

Strengthening climate change resilience in the African continent

Through various collaborations involving nomadic cattle herders, small-cacao farmers, and young forest entrepreneurs and activists and researchers in different countries in Africa the Department of Forest Economics at SLU assists in combating climate change and infrastructural infringement facing millions of Africans.

Education within gender dimension

If you are interesting to increase your knowledge within the gender dimension - you can look at some examples of the gender related courses which SLU provides:

Rurality Livelihood and Gender

Gender competence for the forestry sector

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