The next Women´s Forum on ‘Expanding Economic Opportunities for Women Farmers and Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and the Pacific’ will be held on Tuesday 8 October 2013 during Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2013. It aims at strengthening inter-regional linkages and it will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the process of linking the smallholder farmers to the local market as a strategy for improving investment and agricultural growth in the region.
In order to overcame the lag in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to gender and women empowerment, there is need to reinforce targeted measures, such as education and training, and gender quotas, the representatives of the 15 Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) at the 10th session of the ACP-EU regional Joint Parliamentary Assembly - held in Abuja (Nigeria) on 17-19 July – concluded.
The British government, which has staunchly opposed EU efforts to set gender quotas for corporate management, has warned it could introduce quotas if British companies fail to appoint more women to their boards.
"Public awareness of the potential to drive development by advancing gender equality is gaining momentum […]The biggest battle for the future of international development is the ideological one: deciding whether to make women and men, and their sexual and reproductive health and rights, equal”, writes Neil Datta, secretary of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development.
More than three quarters of Europeans think that having more women in positions of political power in developing countries would ‘make things better’, a new Eurobarometer published on the eve of International Women’s Day 2013.
Human right represent an important part of the of the Agenda for Change of EU Development policy, launched by the European Commission in 2011. Delving into the topics, the conference organized by the Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid DG InfoPoint in Brussels on Monday 28 discussed the way the expansion of human rights into development work affects organizational and operational processes.
Education of women could be one of the most important driving forces for sustainable agriculture in Africa, a new study from Gothenburg University in Sweden shows.
Nigeria's agriculture minister today responded to a barrage of criticism about the planned distribution of cell phones for two million poor farmers this year, gradually scaling up to a level of ten million phones.
Council of the EU:
- 16 January: COREPER I
- 17 January: COREPER II
- 18 January: COREPER I
- 14-17 January: European Parliament Plenary Meeting
- 14 January: Committee of Ambassadors
- 15 January: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
- 16 January: W/G on Fisheries
- 17 January: Committee of Ambassadors
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