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EWA Tajikistan: National Round Table “Women and Farming and Gender and Climate Change” held by Youth Ecological Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 1 October 2014

Tajik EWA partner Youth Ecological Centre organised in cooperation with other local civil society organisations a National Round Table on the issues of “Women and Farming” and “Gender and Climate Change”

13.10.2014 |WICF

Participants were governmental officials (Ministry of the Environment and Committee on Women’s and Family Affairs), a representative of the European Commission, representatives of international organisations, i.a. the EWA partner GERES, and MFIs as well as national and international NGOs, such as the local EWA partner ASDP Nau, and other stakeholders, such as from the academia and from target villages.

In a participatory process local target groups and beneficiaries of the EWA project in Tajikistan had been involved in the preparation of a set of draft recommendations on the two issues. At the Round Table project outcomes and findings were presented on which the recommendations were based. Ala Kuvatova, a professor of social sciences in Tajikistan and a strong women’s rights defender, presented her latest study on “Women and Farming” which was realised under the EWA project. Recommendations included a stronger focus on gender sensitive measures as well as on a gender mainstreaming approach within the planning and implementation of legislation and government programmes in general, but also specifically highlighted the need to improve the links between land rights and matrimonial property law. Furthermore, the importance of the economic empowerment of women and the need to have women participating in all decision-making processes was mentioned.

These recommendations will now be finalised within smaller working groups set up during the meeting and then be presented to local and national decision-makers.

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