SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality and to empower all women and girls. This goal recognizes that gender inequality persists worldwide and undermines social and economic development. The SDG 5 has several targets, including ending all forms of discrimination and promoting women’s leadership and participation in all spheres of life, and strengthen policies and enforceable legislation for gender equality.
Donau Soja Organisation
Donau Soja is committed to the principles of gender equality and the empowerment of women across all our activities. We recognize that gender equality is not only a fundamental value but also a crucial element in achieving our goals and fostering sustainable and responsible practices. As part of our dedication to gender equality, we conducted a Gender Audit of the Donau Soja Organisation in 2019 and have since been actively implementing the recommendations from this assessment. Our ongoing efforts include the integration of gender equality into all our policies, programs, and projects. We aim to eliminate any obstacles that hinder women from accessing opportunities, benefits, and services.
In practical terms, we are proud to report that 66 percent of our executive management and 70 percent of our entire staff are women, demonstrating our commitment to gender diversity and leadership. Moreover, within our monitoring system for ADA Strategic Partnership activities, we diligently track the participation of women in the project activities. Over the past six years, we have consistently recorded female participation exceeding 25 percent, a notable achievement given our predominantly male-oriented sector. This achievement is a testament to our proactive use of gender-responsive methodologies, which consider and address the specific needs of women during trainings, knowledge transfer, and all other activities.Furthermore, our portfolio includes activities specifically designed to promote and empower women. We periodically organize campaigns and special events that serve as a source of motivation and encouragement for women to actively participate in agricultural value chains.
According to principle 10 of the Donau Soja / Europe Soya Standard, the farmer shall comply with fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO Conventions), including equal payment for equal work, equal access to training and benefits, equal opportunities for promotion and for filling any available position. The Donau Soja / Europe Soya Standard forbids engagement in, support for, or tolerance of any form of discrimination, corporal punishment, mental or physical oppression or coercion, verbal or physical abuse, sexual harassment or any kind of intimidation.