27 August 2020

SPIAC-B Gender Working Group, IPC-IG, GIZ, DFAT

Given the vital role of rural women in agri-food systems and in household food security, policy responses to COVID-19 that fail to consider the gendered aspects of the crisis will slow or hinder long-term recovery. This webinar: (1) presented an overview of the gendered dimensions of the response to COVID-19 in rural areas; (2) highlighted ways in which social protection can be made gender-sensitive in emergency contexts, specifically COVID-19; (3) presented the situation on the ground for rural women using the case of The Gambia; and (4) featured a panel discussion with representatives from three countries that highlighted the importance of women’s leadership in ensuring that rural women’s specific needs are addressed in the design and implementation of social protection in response to the pandemic.


  • Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, FAO
  • Susan Kaaria, Senior Gender Officer, FAO
  • Zahra Lillian Mokgosi, Programme Policy Advisor, WFP
  • Nivine El-Kabbag, Minister of Social Solidarity, Government of Egypt
  • Renana Jhabvala, Chairperson SEWA Bharat, Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), India
  • Rohie Bittaye-Darboe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Government of The Gambia

Moderator: Benjamin Davis, Director, Division for Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equity, FAO

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Registrants: 597


Attendees: 342


Youtube views: 198

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