Summaries of publications on Women and Values

Publication: Participatory gender training for community groups

Summary: Any community mobilizer, NGO staff or researcher who wants to hold a discussion with communities on gender norms, roles and relations in their communities can use this manual. It has been designed for communities with small-scale farming activities, but it could also be used for more urban and non-agricultural settings by changing the labour activities. A three-hour gender training workshop for 5-12 participants is described step-by-step. Guided discussions help connect the activities and allow participants to ask questions and talk about new ideas. This manual also includes tips for facilitation and an appendix section with the template that you will need to run a successful and engaging workshop. The workshop activities were piloted and modified in six villages in the Eastern Terai, Nepal and Bihar and West Bengal, India.

Type of publication: Guideline

Link to this publication: https://wle.cgiar.org/solutions/participatory-gender-training-community-groups

 

Publication: Women´s empowerment in agriculture index

Summary: 

Women play a critical and potentially transformative role in agricultural growth in developing countries, but they face persistent obstacles and economic constraints, limiting further inclusion in agriculture. The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) measures the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector. The index is innovative and aims to increase understanding of the connections between women’s empowerment, food security, and agricultural growth. The WEAI is a composite measurement tool that indicates women’s control over critical parts of their lives in the household, community, and economy. The index helps to identify obstacles and the ways to overcome them. It allows us to identify women who are disempowered and understand how to increase autonomy and decision making. The WEAI is also a useful tool for tracking progress toward gender equality. It measures the roles and extent of women’s engagement in the agriculture sector in five domains: (1) decisions about agricultural production, (2) access to and decision making power over productive resources, (3) control over use of income, (4) leadership in the community, and (5) time use. It also measures women’s empowerment relative to men within their households.

Type of publication: Guideline

Link to this publication: https://www.ifpri.org/publication/womens-empowerment-agriculture-index

 

Publication: Community listeners’ clubs: Stepping stones for action in rural areas

Summary: 

This publication summarises the experience with the community listeners’ (DIMITRA) clubs, developed and established in Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo by FAO-Dimitra and its partners. These action-oriented communication processes and groups have proved so successful that Dimitra decided to share the experience through this guide. The first chapter offers a brief overview of the community listeners’ clubs, their goals, internal functioning and the results achieved. The second chapter tells the story of the listeners’ clubs in the words of the stakeholders, explaining how they were established in the two countries. The third chapter sets out more practical guidelines on the stages involved in creating community listeners’ clubs.

Type of publication: Guideline

Link to this publication: http://www.fao.org/dimitra/dimitra-clubs/en/