Our selection of the week focuses on gender equality.

"Achieving gender equality is a precondition for the eradication of poverty" Interview
"Achieving gender equality is a precondition for the eradication of poverty"

Women represent nearly half of the labour force in agriculture, yet they continue to suffer from gender-based inequality. For Margarita Astralaga (IFAD), women’s empowerment starts at household level.

"The root cause of gender inequality is the role society assigns to women" Interview
"The root cause of gender inequality is the role society assigns to women"

Difficulties in accessing the labor market, violated inheritance rights, limited political weight… Racha Ramadan takes a look at the glaring inequalities between women and men in both the private and public spheres, in North Africa and the Middle East.

Water: "Men and women have differential roles, rights and responsibilities" Interview
Water: "Men and women have differential roles, rights and responsibilities"

The rising consciousness of the inequalities between men and woman finds little resonance in the water and sanitation sectors for now. Sara Ahmed, a water and gender equity specialist, explains how women are at a disadvantage in these fields.

Genital mutilations: ending the female ordeal Development news
Genital mutilations: ending the female ordeal

Girls, teenagers, young women, on the eve of their wedding or during a trip… Three million women are mutilated each year. Right before the International day of Zero tolerance to female genital mutilations (FGM), iD4D takes stock of the situation.

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