Gender Integration

LWR and ASA project staff walk with the Munni Self Help Group members to their village meeting spot for the Gender Integration discussion.

LWR’s Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) Initiative

Through its LGI initiative, LWR is integrating gender into its programs to address inequality around the world and ensure that men and women have equal opportunities to benefit from LWR’s work.

LWR’s gender-integrated programming identifies and strives to remove gender-based constraints and gaps in society. Through these activities, LWR promotes economic equity, encourages dignity of work and fulfills gender-related international agreements, such as the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

LGI Model Projects

Through LGI, LWR is implementing three model projects that aim to increase agricultural production while also reducing gender gaps in India, Nicaragua and Uganda.

LGI Photo Book 2017
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Strategic Partners for LGI

LWR is proud to have a strategic partnership with Cultural Practice, LLC, for long-term technical advising in gender, for LGI and other initiatives, as well as funding from Foods Resource Bank for the three LGI model projects.

Cultural Practice, LLCFoods Resource Bank

Learning and Sharing on Gender-Integrated Programming

To share best practices and learning from LGI model project experiences, LWR has established a Community of Practice, comprised of LWR U.S.-based staff, as well as program managers and country directors in India, Nicaragua and Uganda.

To share its learnings with other development practioners around the country, LWR staff have been invited to speak on the organization’s approach to gender-integrated programming at events at the Society for International Development and American University in recent months.

In December 2013, LWR received funding through Save the Children from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) to expand LGI. With this funding, LWR will hold remote reflection sessions with domestic and international staff working on LGI projects, a mid-term evaluation workshop and panel discussions and presentations on LWR’s learnings from the three LGI model projects and the process of institutionalizing a gender-integrated approach to programming. These plans are made possible with support from the American people, delivered through USAID. LWR’s findings will contribute evidence-based data to the food security community’s body of knowledge around gender-integrated agriculture programming.

More Gender Programming at LWR

In addition to LGI, a number of LWR’s projects promote gender-integration in Africa, Asia & the Middle East and Latin America. For example:

  • Through the Rural-led Women Vegetable Farming project, LWR is introducing innovative farming techniques to 500 women farmers in India to help increase their economic and food security year round.
  • LWR is strengthening the production and marketing of shallots with women farmers in the Dogon region of Mali.
  • With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), LWR’s Resilience in the Sahel program is increasing entrepreneurial opportunities for women in Mali, and strengthening women’s animal husbandry capacity in Niger.
  • Lutheran World Relief and USAID are working together in Western Honduras on the Gender in Agriculture from Policy to Practice (GAPP) project to influence municipal regulations, institutional policies and social norms in generating inclusive growth and participation for women smallholder farmers.