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This document is about the important role of gender mainstreaming in the microfinance work conducted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD works to ensure that poor rural women and men are empowered to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. Rural microfinance is one way to work toward this goal. This guide is intended as an overview of gender issues for rural finance practitioners. 

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The purpose of this report card is to assess the implementation by the International Criminal Court of the Rome Statute, Rules of Procedure and Evidence and Elements of Crimes and in particular the gender mandates they embody. The International Criminal Court is the permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community (ICC website).

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This report analyzes the gender dimensions of UNDP-supported GEF-funded projects. Of the projects considered in 2012, 61 percent reported a gender dimension to the project including specifically targeting women and girls as stakeholders, carrying out a gender needs assessment, collecting sex-disaggregated data, and conducting gender training for project staff. 

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This document looks closely at existing constraints as well as policies and practices that show promise in closing the gender gaps in freedoms and opportunities. It explains that gender inequality is a major part of the global jobs challenge and that reducing gender gaps in the world of work can yield big development payoffs. 

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This report from the working group on connecting women’s rights to food security organized by the Group of Women Parliamentarians explains the necessity of integrating women’s empowerment and food security into climate change adaptation strategies. Mainstreaming of these issues, as opposed to addressing climate change, food security, and gender through siloed approached, will increase the effectiveness and impact of this work. This paper identifies successful strategies for addressing these challenges.  

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This document considers the intersectionality of race and gender with respect to political participation, using Uruguay as a case study. This presentation provides thorough background information about racism throughout Latin America and how this racism has particularly impacted Afro-descendant women in this region. This is vital to understand for projects taking place in this region with these communities. 

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This paper provides support for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the funding mechanism of the UNFCCC, to include gender mainstreaming in its funding procedures. The GCF is the first climate fund to mandate the inclusion of a gender-sensitive perspective since the creation of the fund. This paper provides examples of good practices of gender-sensitive approaches to addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in order to identify best practices that can be utilized by the GCF. 

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This paper identifies areas of opportunity where microfinance could play a role in fostering climate change adaptation, focusing on examples from Bangladesh and Nepal. On average, 90% of the clients of microfinance institutions are women. Therefore, this paper considers the role that microfinance institutions can play in the empowerment of women as well as community adaptation to climate change.  

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