GAP’s initial priorities
Priorities identified at GCWA and elaborated in the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2, Punta del Este, October 2012) and via an e-survey, are to create:
- The evidence and knowledge base required to give visibility to women’s contributions and the costs of neglecting their needs in agriculture
- Inter-institutional and cross-sectoral advocacy to raise awareness of women’s needs in agriculture
- Collective action and leadership among rural women and girls on practical programmes and international actions that directly meet their needs
- Action on women’s rights at large and addressing gender discrimination in agricultural policies, institutions and services
- Awareness in policy-shaping bodies on the need for women’s ownership of and access to resources, and for decision-making roles within agricultural and community organizations and the household
GAP’s initial roles
- Facilitate dialogue and debate among committed GAP professionals on priority needs and actions to ensure gender equity in agriculture
- Bring partners together to provide a collective voice and advocacy
- A multi-stakeholder network for collective action to ensure gender equity in agriculture, GAP aims to:
- Serve as a clearinghouse for GAP partners to develop programmes together
- Share and reward the best example(s) of gender success stories
- Help develop effective national, regional and international policies, strategies and collective actions
GAP’s working mechanisms
These comprise an inter-linked structure operating at different levels:
- An international group of ‘GAP Catalysts’ to inspire change and foster collective actions within their own organizations and among different organizations and sectors, supported by specialized (time-bound) Working Groups, and focusing on:
- sharing knowledge and catalyzing discussions among GAP partners to develop joint programmes and activities that bring synergies and value-addition
- advocacy, especially at global and regional levels
- mentoring women professionals and leaders, especially younger staff
- Regional hubs, linked vertically and horizontally within GAP to catalyze and support region-specific gender in agriculture actions.
- National actors from all sectors, promoting change in communities and institutions and challenging underlying social barriers and norms.
- A group of GAP Patrons, consisting of Eminent Persons, who provide guidance and advocacy for GAP.
GAP work priorities and collective activities
These are driven by the need to demonstrate tangible and visible achievements that have a greater impact than what any one partner could do alone, embodying the efficiencies, synergies and value-addition of working through the open, collective partnership of the GAP movement.