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Tools for » Rural Women Economic Empowerment Kyrgyzstan
Project ID:00092002Description:RWEE Kyrgyzstan
Rural Women Economic Empowermt
Start Date *: 7 Oct 2014
Rural Women Economic Empowermt
End Date*: 30 Jun 2021
Country: Kyrgyzstan Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Special consideration of the needs of women from different vulnerable groups is critical to address inequalities caused by poverty, inefficiencies of governance systems, so.cial exclusion, and lack of or limited access to power and resources. The Programme will ensure collection of clear baselines on the status and needs of women from those groups and follow up with analysis through village and household profiles.

A holistic integrated approach will enable women's economic, social and political empowerment, including their participation in local planning and budgeting. The programme will be implemented in phases. An initial phase will address short-term targets such as definition of pilot areas, pilot studies to define priorities. It will define and strengthen partners to take the lead in programme implementation. In the short term, the focus will be on 'quick-wins' through ensuring rural women's equitable access to and benefit from WFP programmes such 'Food-for-Asset' and school feeding programmes.

The medium and long term work will focus on promoting gender responsive policies and legal environments for rural women's economic empowerment, building the productive capacities of rural women, and ensuring their full access to productive resources, assets and inputs. A phased approach will also be used in targeting rural women: a) by using existing potential of members of the Community Funds, which are ready for the next level of support, such as formation of processing cooperatives, collective seeds funds, collective machinery stations, etc.;  b) by expanding the programme to new villages through social mobilization, which was successfully used in the previous partnership project.

The current programme will be premised on the experience of a successful partnership between UN Women, FAO and WFP from previous joint projects. The new joint programme details are presented in the Case Study on Successful Partnership between UNW-FAO-WFP-WB. Efforts will be made to build support for the programme within the UN country teams and to link it with existing relevant joint programmes. The programme is to be linked to on-going specialized large programmes on land rights, animal husbandry, seed & vegetable production, food security, pesticides management, irrigation, pasture management, agricultural value chains etc. implemented by the four participating agencies.

The programme will aim at gender mainstreaming into on-going programmes and initiatives of participating UN Agencies. The possibility of gender mainstreaming of other international organizations (ADB, GTZ, USAID, etc.) was offered at the consultative workshop in November, 2012 and will be widely used in the programme.

Capacity development of women's groups, civil society organizations, and central and local governments to integrate gender equality and human rights based principles in strategies and programmes supporting effective rural and agricultural development. Capacity assessments will be conducted to identify capacity gaps and serve as baselines to formulate strategies for systematic development of individual, collective and institutional capacities. Training of Trainers will be used on relevant topics to ensure cascade trainings and wider coverage of programme partners. 

Piloting of innovative initiatives with a focus on participatory methodologies will be tested and documented for replication. They will be developed as self-standing components that can be expanded depending on available funding. Piloting will start with initial studies to define the fields which are specific for the region/village that bring maximum economic value. In this way the programme will ensure diversification of support depending on specificities of the village.

Replicating, up scaling and expanding successful and innovative models on rural women's economic empowerment. As successfully applied in the past decade social mobilization and self-help in itiatives will allow members of self-help groups to participate in the next level of programme interventions and exchange experiences and good practices. Learning from other experiences may respond to a growing demand coming from villages which are not covered by development projects.

Establishing a Revolving Fund will stimulate practical economic activities of rural women.

A Communication strategy- The programme will develop a Communication Strategy and will include a special strategy on information channels, special TV /radio programmes to publicise the progress and results of programme activities. The sites of the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Social Development can be used for publication news and information. Ministry of Social Development will be involved in the Strategy for promoting and mainstreaming of gender aspects initiatives on state level.

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