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Women & Gender in Development Conference 2021: Out of the theory & into the field

February 25-February 26, 2021  The Inn at Virginia Tech

Women and Gender in International Development at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) of Virginia Tech invites students, faculty, practitioners, and interested individuals to an intensive learning and networking opportunity engaging renowned experts in international development, with particular emphasis on gender. Keynote speakers and panelists will address gender equality, empowerment, masculinity, and intersectionality; agriculture, nutrition, and One Health; and access to resources including land, capital, and technology. This conference will be particularly beneficial to students and faculty preparing for fieldwork or considering future opportunities in development. See our website for more. See our past event archive for recordings of keynote and panel presentations.


Introducing the Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jemimah Njuki is Senior Program Specialist at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) where she develops and manages projects on the empowerment of women and girls working in agriculture. She chairs the Steering Committee of the African Women in Agriculture Research and Development, a program empowering women researcher to develop their scientific and leadership skills. She is also an advisor to the UN Women Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa.

For the last 18 years she has carried out gender research, managed women’s economic empowerment programs in Africa and Asia, trained researchers, NGO staff and extension officers on how to integrate gender in their work and to work with women smallholder farmers. She has worked in various countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, the Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, India, Bangladesh, Canada and the US.

From 2003 to 2009, she worked at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture linking smallholder farmers to markets, training men and women on good agricultural practices and working with men to support women’s empowerment through community dialogue and engaging male champions of change. During this time, she trained over 500 researchers, practitioners and extension agents on approaches for empowering women smallholder producers. In 2009, she started the first ever gender research program at the International Livestock Research Institute in recognition of the role that livestock plays as an asset for women. In 2012, the started and managed the Women in Agriculture Program at CARE USA working with over 50,000 smallholder women farmers in Africa and Asia.

She has co-edited two books. ‘Women and livestock in Eastern and Southern Africa’, and the other on ‘Transforming Gender and Food Systems in the Global South’. She has also published widely in international journals. In 2015, she founded and is the current Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security. The journal aims to improve the quality of gender research and encourage researchers from global south to contribute to scientific leadership on issues of gender and women’s empowerment in the agriculture sector. She is an Aspen New Voices 2017 Fellow. She has used fellowship platform to raise awareness of the value the empowerment of women and girls, financial inclusion for women, gender-based violence, and ending FGM. Her articles including where they have been published can be found on:


Women & Gender in Development Conference 2019: Out of the theory & into the field

February 28-March 1, 2019 The Inn at Virginia Tech

Women and gender in development conference draws researchers from around the world  - In February 2019, Virginia Tech welcomed nearly 200 students, faculty, and development practitioners to campus to engage in an interactive, intensive learning and networking opportunity and discuss critical issues linked to gender equality, women’s empowerment, and international development. The Women and gender in development conference: Out of the theory and into the field’s interactive program included keynote presentations from renowned experts and leading scholars in the field, hands-on workshops, a dynamic Shift-and-Share session, and a poster session highlighting student research.

See the video below for some highlights from the 2019 Women and Gender in Development Conference.

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