Gender in the work place
Everybody deserves a work environment that enables them to reach their full potential, one that is both safe and conducive for men and women to work together without discrimination. This is why IITA, through its Human Resources team, has set up policies that promote Gender equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GDI).
IITA organizes awareness programs and works with other CGIAR centers to engage in activities that advance GDI in the workplace. Women in Research and Science (WIRES) is one of three Employee-Resource Groups (ERGs) established under CGIAR’s GDI Framework with IITA staff as part of the founding members. The two other ERGs are WELLNESS@CGIAR, and Forum against Inequality and Racism (FAIR).
Gender Research at IITA
Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development. Women and girls represent half of the world’s population, which equates to half of its potential. Hence, society would benefit if women and men are given equal opportunities that add value to their contributions.
IITA understands that its vision to reduce hunger, poverty, and malnutrition that can be attained partly through increase in the yield of important staples can only happen when gender concerns are taken seriously. Hence, IITA puts strategies in place that ensure a gender-balanced work environment. Also, IITA has various policies in place aimed at promoting gender equality; the Institute also supports and promotes gender research to help policymakers and governments take the right interventions to solve gender-related issues.