CAHRC re­search sup­ports women in agri­cul­ture

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TheCana­dian Agri­cul­tural Hu­man Re­source be con­duct­ing a re­search project called (SAWA) to ex­am­ine and ad­dress crit­i­cal bar­ri­ers to ad­vance­ment that women face in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try. “The pur­pose of this ini­tia­tive is to en­gage women and stake­hold­ers within the agri­cul­ture com­mu­nity to de­velop and im­ple­ment a strate­gic pro­gram to sup­port im­proved ac­cess to lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and strengthen busi­ness suc­cess for women work­ing in agri­cul­ture,” ex­plains Por­tia MacDon­ald-Dewhirst, CAHRC Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor. The project will in­volve a com­pre­hen­sive as­sess­ment of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion fac­ing women in agri­cul­ture. Us­ing a gen­der lens, the as­sess­ment will ex­plore the con­tri­bu­tion of women to the in­dus­try, the bar­ri­ers they ex­pe­ri­ence, pri­or­i­tize op­tions for im­prove­ments, and as­sess the ef­fec­tive­ness of cur­rent ser­vices. This will in­form the devel­op­ment of pro­grams and re­sources to as­sist women in agri­cul­ture as well as agri­cul­tural em­ploy­ers, or­ga­ni­za­tions and train­ing in­sti­tu­tions to strengthen ac­cess to lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and busi­ness suc­cess for women work­ing in agri­cul­ture. Some of the ex­pected pro­grams and re­sources to come from this will in­clude a Sup­port­ing Women in Agri­cul­tural Lead­er­ship Pro­gram that of­fers on­line re­sources, the cre­ation of a Women in Agri­cul­ture pro­fes­sional net­work, and a suite of in­struc­tive ref­er­ence ma­te­ri­als for Boards and train­ing in­sti­tu­tions to im­prove the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of op­por­tu­ni­ties for women. Through this project, or­ga­ni­za­tions will have ac­cess to spe­cific tools and ref­er­ence ma­te­ri­als to guide them in re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers while sup­port­ing women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in se­nior lead­er­ship roles,” ex­plains De­bra Hauer, SAWA Project Manager for CAHRC. “Ad­di­tion­ally, train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions will be given as­sis­tance to sup­port in­creased enrolment and grad­u­a­tion rates of fe­male stu­dents. Fi­nally, women will have ac­cess to a one-stop, cred­i­ble fo­rum for ref­er­ence ma­te­rial, in­for­ma­tion ex­change, net­work­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port their ca­reer suc­cess.” The project is be­ing con­ducted as a part­ner­ship-based ini­tia­tive with ex­ten­sive sup­port and con­tri­bu­tions from na­tional and re­gional agri­cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tions, train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion providers, and women’s groups, along with the Min­istry of Sta­tus of Women in Canada. The work will also in­volve gath­er­ing in­put and feed­back di­rectly from women work­ing in agri­cul­ture, and the sup­port of an Ad­vi­sory Group of pro­fes­sion­als rep­re­sent­ing key stake­hold­ers to over­see the project ac­tiv­i­ties and en­sure mean­ing­ful re­sults. For more in­for­ma­tion on Usher in the new sea­son with the knowhow to get your house spic and span dur­ing your an­nual spring clean ... and still re­main loyal to the en­vi­ron­ment! It’s a good thing that be­ing eco-con­scious is to­day’s big­gest trend, con­sid­er­ing all the benefits to the en­vi­ron­ment and of course, your health. But when try­ing to scrub the grime off your greasy stove, dis­in­fect your wash­room or do a big spring clean, it’s pretty hard to think green. You know that the lead­ing brand of chem­i­cal in­fused clean­ing prod­uct works, but have you thought about what ef­fects it has on the health of your fam­ily? Or how about your four legged friends? Have you con­sid­ered what sort of harm wash­ing your toi­let bowl out with chem­i­cals does to the en­vi­ron­ment? If you’re like ev­ery­one else you have thought about the con­se­quences, but you just don’t know how to start clean­ing in an eco-friendly man­ner -- es­pe­cially when the tra­di­tional way has never failed you.

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