Executive Director & Founder Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)
Women’s unequal participation in decision-making processes and labour markets compound inequalities and often prevent women from fully participating in the economy. However, studies have also shown that changing women’s status requires addressing the norms and practices of all community members as women cannot hold up half the sky without engagement from the other half.
As more organisations begin to invest in gender-related policies, it is important to recognize and acknowledge various initiatives such as gender pay equity, sourcing from women-owned businesses, improving the skills and capabilities of women workers, developing unique products for women consumers and their impact of addressing the issue of gender inequality. This breakout session will bring different stakeholders together to understand constraints, barriers and opportunities women face in differing contexts across the region and how key stakeholders can help to shift the gender norms and the power structures.
- What are the gender considerations we need to ensure women’s full and equal participation in the economy?
- How can gender perspectives be integrated to ensure gender-equitable outcomes that result in increased impact?
- Increase awareness of the power of mainstreaming gender conversations via specific case studies and examples from our panelists
Marketing Director Root Impact
Co-Founder Equal Community Foundation
VP, Partnerships and Innovation Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
Assistant Director of the Gender Technical Section Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)