Throughout their development, the CoPs have grown around and built on a solid group of very competent experts from the South. Until now, the expert members who make up the CoPs were considered for their knowledge and contributions, irrespective of gender. But today, we are aware of a real deficit in terms of women expert members, who by any quantitative measure are in the minority in our CoPs. Moreover, most CoP activities are dominated by male experts – whether it’s leading projects, speaking at conferences and on panels, or writing articles…
Creating a working group to reflect on this situation is thus important, both in terms of our own CoP values, but also to reach our objectives, not to mention to address broader development challenges.But before we can propose solutions, however, we need to analyze and better understand the underlying causes for low women’s participation in our CoPs: thus the creation of this group.
By participating in this group, you will be invited to :
- Participate : in on-line thematic discussions on CoP platforms to collectively reflect on the barriers to women’s participation in collaborative activities.
- Respond : to and comment on a survey to be led by the 2 co-facilitators of this working group.
- Contribute : to concrete recommendations for action at the end of this consultation (December 2016). Along these lines, some participants will be invited to a workshop to develop these recommendations to be held in Morocco likely during the month of October.
All CoP members are eligible, but women candidates preferred. Proven, active participation desirable. Please include a statement of your interest and potential contribution on this issue.