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Women’s Work in Agribusinesses and Gender-Based Violence: What Do We Know?

This post was produced as a joint effort of the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project and Cultural Practice, LLC. The original post can be found on AgriLinks.  Recent attention to sexual harassment in many fields, exemplified by the #MeToo movement, has revealed the pervasiveness of gender-based violence (GBV). Women from diverse backgrounds have stepped forward to […]


A Participatory Process to Confront Gender-Based Violence

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, held annually from November 25th to December 10th, people around the globe discuss how to stop violence against women and girls. GBV also affects men and boys, regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. GBV is a perverse abuse of power that is physically […]


Gender-Based Violence and Family Planning Services in Bolivia: A Review of the Evidence through the Lens of the Demographic Health Survey and the Health Policy Initiative Avances de Paz Project

The purpose of this assessment is to ascertain whether GBV presents a barrier to the demand/use of FP/RH services and to explore whether stand-alone GBV interventions such as Avances de Paz have the potential to increase uptake of FP/RH services by addressing the common root causes of GBV and low FP/RH use. The assessment increased […]


Strengthening implementation of gender-based violence policies in Bolivia: Analysis and Implementation Advocacy in the Avances de Paz Project

Gender-based violence (GBV) is increasingly recognized as both a public health and human rights issue that affects the majority of the world’s women. Bolivia has a long history of high prevalence of GBV—particularly intimate partner violence. Although the country has long carried out advocacy for legal and policy measures to reduce GBV, the 2003 Demographic […]


Gender-based Violence Training and Technical Assistance Report

Over the last five years the Peruvian government has made a significant commitment and investment in developing the legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks necessary to prevent and respond to genderbased violence. There have also been many small scale NGO and government initiatives to address the issue in different parts of the country. There is increasing […]


Strategic Framework for the Prevention of and Response to Gender-based Violence in Eastern, Southern and Central Africa

Gender-based violence (GBV) is emerging as a serious global health, human rights, and development issue. It is a symptom of underlying gender inequalities and power imbalances, and it is a worldwide phenomenon—one that transcends the bounds of geography, race, culture, class, and religion, touching virtually every community in every corner of the globe. Too often […]


Empowerment in agricultural value chains: Mixed methods evidence from the Philippines

Women’s participation and empowerment in value chains are goals of many development organizations, but there has been limited systematic, rigorous research to track these goals between and within value chains (VCs). We adapt the survey-based project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) to measure women’s and men’s empowerment in the abaca, coconut, seaweed, and swine […]


Policies for Women’s Profitable Participation in Agricultural Market Systems

This post was produced as a joint effort of the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project and Cultural Practice, LLC with input from Fintrac Inc. The original post can be found on MarketLinks. This is the final post of a series exploring the range of policies that can support women’s profitable participation in agricultural market systems. Readers are encouraged to access the first, second, third, and fourth blog […]


Gender Integration Workshop in Peru

In 2017, Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) facilitated gender integration workshops for staff of U.S. Embassies and other US government departments and agencies in Peru and Colombia. Working with the State Department’s Office on Global Women’s Issues and FHI360, CP designed and facilitated sessions, including on gender analysis, gender integration in projects and policies, and on […]


Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Government Legislation and Programming

This post was produced as a joint effort of the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project and Cultural Practice, LLC. The original post can be found on AgriLinks. Recently, the U.S. Congress took important steps towards supporting women’s economic empowerment in foreign assistance programming. The House passed the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act (H.R. 5480) by voice vote on […]


Accessibility and Inclusion for People with Disabilities in International Development

Diverse opinions, preferences, and needs are a critical component of international development work, but it is often perceived as difficult to include underrepresented voices. Consider how much more difficult if there are barriers to communicating or attending meetings, as is often the case for people with disabilities. An estimated 1 billion people around the world […]


5 paths to SDG 5: breaking down barriers to women’s empowerment

Today is the 2018 International Women’s Day. Its theme, from the United Nations, is Time is NOW: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives. On this day we acknowledge and support activists and their work, and re-energize efforts to reach the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 5: “To achieve gender equality and empower […]


To Be or Not to Be?

I did it. For years I’ve been saying I would do it but just hadn’t. And then I decided to take the plunge and I’m wondering why I did it at all. This is a story about my big con – what I did, why I did it, and what I learned as a result. […]

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