CTA’s revised “2014 Strategy for Gender” is designed to take the Centre into its new strategic period from 2015 and beyond. This strategy calls for an ‘en-gendering’ of CTA’s impact by strengthening existing women-specific products and by ensuring that all its activities, products and services are based on solid gender analysis. This includes the recognition of ACP women and their representative organisations as policy actors in their own right. It also involves strengthening their capacity to make their voices heard.
Tarikua Woldetsadick, Associate Programme Coordinator LME and Gender focal point at CTA explains.
How is CTA integrating gender issues into all its programmes?
CTA integrates gender into all its programmes in two ways. First by ensuring that our Monitoring and Evaluation system puts into context and consideration gender issues; for example by developing gender specific indicators, by undertaking gender sensitive evaluations and by targeting different types of groups of women beneficiaries. This will help us make visible our progress in achieving the objective of our Gender strategy. The second way is by making sure that all our products, services and activities are accessible, relevant and are available to women beneficiaries.
How important is it for CTA to be part of global agendas and thematic campaigns such as the EYD?
The value of these global campaigns is to harness all the effort that are undertaken around various issues of youth, women, HIV and other important global development themes in order to create coherent vision of development and a certain understanding of those issues. The benefit for CTA to take part such global movements is that CTA learns, develops its networks and we stay up to date in development trends. Moreover because of our unique ACP-EU status we bring along not only our ACP partners, we help our beneficiaries as well to stay up to date with this global development.
The benefit for CTA to take part such global movements is that CTA learns, develops its networks and we stay up to date in development trends.
Where do you think gender stands in the EYD2015 theme’s campaign?
Gender issues figure strongly in the EYD’s theme. “Our world, our dignity, our future” shows fostering around gender issue. And women are part of global society and the identity of the world.
With regard to what CTA is planning this year, within the framework of the Brussels Briefing in September, we are planning what we call a “Solutions Fair” that will bring together ACP organisations which have demonstrated scalable solutions to changing and improving the life of women in general in connection with organisations that have the capacity to fund these solutions.
By providing women with the knowledge they need we give them power: the power of choice, the power of opportunities and the power of technologies. That is the core idea behind CTA’s new Gender Strategy. All the women in the world be strong.
FREE AVAILABLE RESOURCES
Discover CTA’s online resources on women’s emancipation in the context of agricultural and rural development in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific.
- CTA staff raises voice to celebrate the International Women’s day 2015
- Spore magazine n° 173 – December 2014-January 2015 on “Empowering Women”
- ICT Update magazine n° 78 – September 2014 on “Building resilience for family farming”
- Publication: Life stories of African women and young professionals in science
- Publication: Gender and Trade
- Video Interview with H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime
- Q&A with Tarikua Woldetsadick: “CTA’S gender strategy revamped”
- Q&A with Afiavi Rita Agboh-Noameshie: “Empowering Africa’s women through rice“