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Why is it so important to emphasise International Women' s Day?

Published: 08 March 2024
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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 etc.

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.

AgriFoSe2030 inspires women’s group in Kinoni Sub-County, Uganda, to build a milk processing facility

Due to the poverty and food insecurity challenges among women in Western Uganda, the AgriFose2030 programme initiated a project led by Dr. Judith Nagasha from Kyambogo University to train women on value addition and marketing of milk products. The project team selected three representatives each from eight women farmer groups who were tasked with the responsibility of training fellow female farmers on their newly acquired skills. The Trainer of Trainees (TOTs) methodology is vital for spreading knowledge and retaining the benefits of the project in the community.

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.

Gender equality and climate resilience of West African cacao-dependent households

Over two million families whose livelihoods depend on cacao farming in West Africa need to adapt to a changing climate. Cacao is perceived as a male crop and women are often marginalised from access to livelihood assets, such as financial resources, necessary for climate resilience.

Revitalising community-managed irrigation systems in the context of out-migration in Nepal

This project seeks to identify the pathways through which a greater engagement of marginal groups can help to revitalise collective natural resource management. Such bottom-up processes of change could be a vital part of a long-term transition towards more equal access to resources and improved food security in rural households of the Global South.

Education within gender dimension

If you are interested 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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