Gender experts meet to develop strategies to integrate livelihoods and rights in women’s empowerment programs

ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program

Florence Chepkirui, a blind dairy farmer in Saoset village in Kenya's Bomet County Florence Chepkirui, a blind dairy farmer in Saoset village in Kenya’s Bomet County (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu).

On 25 February 2013, some 25 gender researchers, development practitioners and women’s rights advocates will meet at the Nairobi campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for a day-long workshop to discuss practical ways of simultaneously integrating economic development and rights in programs aimed at empowering women.

This integrated approach will improve the impacts – at both individual and household level – of livelihood and rights programs that target women.

Development interventions aimed at enhancing women’s empowerment often do not combine women’s economic opportunities and women’s rights.

However, researchers have recently recognized that providing women with economic opportunities does not necessarily result in their empowerment. Similarly, women’s awareness of their rights without the financial resources to exercise those rights often does not lead to empowerment.

The upcoming workshop therefore seeks…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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