Gender equality

We Effect targets women in partner organisations to secure them the same rights and entitlements as men, especially to own and control land and access to financial resources.

Our goal

Empowered organisations promoting economic, political, social, cultural and environmental factors that enable women and men to exercise their rights on equal terms.

What we do

We Effect targets women in partner organisations to secure them the same rights and entitlements as men, especially to own and control land and access to financial resources.

We Effect promotes female leadership and participation in the male dominated farmers’ organisations, by trainings in leadership for women and education in gender equality for both men and women.

The education in gender equality also serves the purpose to show men that when women participate more outside the home, men should also change and take more responsibility for traditionally female chores in the home. This has both led to better relations within families and yielded positive effects for the work in agriculture.

Women´s possibility to obtain full membership in the organisations and cooperatives is sometimes prevented by by-laws stipulating that land ownership is a must to be able to become a member. We support women farmer groups in their struggle for changes in discriminatory by-laws, and for their right to own and inherit land.

We also support women´s initiatives to create their own income opportunities, by providing access to loans, and trainings in entrepreneurship and marketing.

Facts about gender equality and poverty

Gender equality contributes to long-term structural change at individual, organisational and societal level, and results in sustained poverty reduction.

70 per cent of the poorest people in the world are women. About 700 million women and girls in rural areas are living in absolute poverty. Women farmers still lack the same opportunities as male farmers. Women have less access to training, education, credits and loans. They are discriminated against in land- and agrarian reforms, and are sometimes prevented to become members in organisations and cooperatives.

The productivity of fields controlled by women is lower than that of land cultivated by men. A study by FAO showed that male farmers had 20-30 per cent larger harvests. The gap was due to the men having better access to labour, information, inputs, and machines.

FAO´s study also shows that gender equality is very important for agricultural development and food security. Investing in female farmers would result in increasing their harvests to the same level as men’s food production and that would be enough to reduce the number of malnourished people in the world by 12-17 per cent.