Mainstreaming GEnder Dimension Into WAter Resources Development and Management in the MEDiterranean Region.


2012.07.10 |
Presentation of GEWAMED PROJECT at the Conference on “Women, Sustainable Development, and Food Sovereignty/Security in a Changing World” Cornell Uni

The international conference 'Women, Sustainable Development, and Food Security/Sovereignty”, took place at Cornell Law School, Ithaca NY, on March 30-31, 2012, bringing together an international group of women who have been involved in projects to encourage sustainable development in their regions.

The conference aimed to share among activists and researchers ideas and experiences gained from innovative community projects in stressed areas of the developing world in order to extend ideas from those communities to communities in the United States, where there is a growing movement for local, organic, and sustainable agriculture, as well as for promoting sustainable rural communities.

Speakers coming from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Latin America, Africa and the Mediterranean region joined speakers from the local sustainability movement and a number of Native American speakers to discuss projects that have seen success in their respective contexts locally and that have involved women as leaders or key movers.

After each speaker described a project in her area of the world, the group discussed what were the common features of a successful project, and whether any of the models presented might be borrowed by groups in another area.

During the conference Rosanna Quagliariello, Head of the External Relations Office at CIHEAM-IAMB (Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari), presented the activities of the Institute in the field of “gender empowerment” and in particular GEWAMED and NOWARA Projects.

In a 26 slides power point presentation she outlined all the steps that brought to the implementation of GEWAMED and the project itself including partnership, approach, objectives, activities and results.

She also described the “dissemination strategy” (websites, newsletters, conferences etc.) and the “institutional network” that have been some of the key feature of the project, along with a SWOT ANALYSIS in which were highlighted all the main strong points, opportunities, limits, constraints that affected the project during its five years of life.

The presentation was completed with the announcement of the establishment of a new thematic network, built on the experience of GEWAMED,  named G.EM.NET (Gender empowerment for a sustainable rural development) which should be launched  shortly.


Find here the programme of the event

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