Gender in Value Chains is one the products F&S has been devoted for years. Using customized and framed gender tools, F&S provides training, coaching, capacity building, and institutionalizing services in relation to gender aspects. Our root company in the Netherlands, Fair & Sustainable Consulting, has developed a number of gender mainstreaming and women empowerment tools in collaboration with various international organizations. And as a social enterprise and development aid firm, F&S has contributed a lot to the topic.
Earlier this year F&S Ethiopia was on Gender in Coffee Value Chain assignment in Jimma. Rain-Forest Alliance UTZ, with AgriProFocus Ethiopia, assigned us to provide a gender training on coffee value chain to introduce relevant gender tools in the sensitization workshop targeting selected coffee farms.
Management team members and representatives from the two coffee farms, representatives of Woreda level Women and Children Affairs bureaus of Oromia and SNNP regions, and relevant stakeholders attended the workshop. The objective of our assignment was to equip participants with effective gender approaches for further collaboration at farm level and to sensitize the level of awareness towards gender to the coffee farms and stakeholders.
UTZ sees gender equality as human right that has to be protected and promoted. Thus with gender equality UTZ understands that “men and women experience equal rights and opportunities and are free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles or prejudices.”
Our gender experts Hibiete Tesfaye and Ayalew Abebe involved in this assignment.
On this Friday, the world will celebrate the International Women’s Day 2019, campaigning with a theme of #BalanceforBetter. It is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. F&S would like to express its commitment to continue working with all stakeholders to empower women and attain gender equality.
In the picture: is the gender tool originally developed by AgriProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Consulting, then translated in Amharic and adopted by Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, AgriProFocus, and UTS. The tools depicts Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework.