FAO rolls out new gender equality policy

On International Women’s Day 2012, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has taken a new step to further integrate gender equality into its core operations.

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva introduced on Thursday (March 8) the organization’s new Gender Equality Policy. It outlines five objectives FAO is expected to meet by 2025 through cooperation with other U.N. agencies, civil society organizations and private sector partners.

As part of the policy, FAO is considering to allocate 30 percent of its operational work and budget at the regional and country levels for women-specific interventions by 2017. At the same time, FAO said it is finalizing a human resources plan toward its objective of 50 percent female representation among its staff — as recommended by U.N. standards.

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