The IDH team is celebrating International Women’s Day. Join us!
International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme this year is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’, a call to action for greater gender parity backed by a campaign that highlights how gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
Seeing gender equality as much as a business issue as a social and political issue is very much aligned with the IDH approach. Research has proven that women are key drivers for growth and sustainability: when women have equal access to resources in agricultural supply chains, yields have the potential to increase by 20 to 30 per cent. And we’re continuously working with our partners to pursue new ways to achieve more gender balance in service delivery, in the workplace, and in farm and household decision-making.
As part of our commitment to Gender Equality and Empowerment, 2019 will see an increased focus on improving the collection and measurement of data to better design and measure gender-balanced interventions for impact. To this end, we are piloting a new data collection tool with the aim to roll this out across IDH, and will be publishing the highlights of our insights later in the year.
Through improved capacity-building for our own staff, we’re aiming for more gender-balance in our programs and organization. We’re excited to gather and share the coming year the first learnings from programs that are piloting and scaling gender transformative programs, such as our cocoa, and bananas programs.
To mark International Women’s Day 2019, we’re reflecting on what it takes to establish gender-balanced supply chains. As well as sharing some practical tools, we have gathered some inspiring examples that can support your organization to work towards a more gender-balanced world.