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March 8th is International Women’s Day. Today we celebrate the strength and diversity of women and reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality and ensuring gender equity in all of our programs and research.
The Foundation strives to secure women’s involvement in the leadership of the organization, in the leadership of institutions submitting proposals, in capacity-building programs, as the participants of research, and as the implementers and beneficiaries of our initiatives. Through our grantmaking processes and the work of our grantees, we are building inclusive ecosystems with intentionality, creating an enabling environment for the personal and professional empowerment of women.
We are actively expanding the evidence base for gender-responsive and women-specific solutions. The Foundation is progressive, unique, and exhibits strong leadership in its dedication to comprehensively understanding the sex- and gender-based biological, social, and cultural dimensions of health and economic development as we advance progress toward ending smoking and transitioning smallholder tobacco farmers to alternative livelihoods.
We know that bureaucracy and ticking boxes will not drive change. Our forthcoming Gender Policy provides actionable guidance to grantees to bridge the gap between policy and practice with gender equity.
The Gender Policy addresses each pillar of our strategic framework:
Health, Science, and Technology
Research and new developments in smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction have been largely gender-blind to date and overlook the diverse and unique needs of women. Our grantees will apply sex- and gender-based analysis to develop better technology and products to aid smoking cessation.
Agriculture and Livelihoods
Women are the backbone of agriculture in low- and middle-income countries, constituting 80% of the agricultural labor force in Malawi. Our grantees will address women’s marginalization and limited opportunity and identify equitable opportunities for economic growth.
Industry progress toward a smoke-free world and gender equality are mutually supportive. The Foundation will encourage investors to assert their power to accelerate gender equality by prioritizing companies that embrace the advancement of women and develop products that benefit women.
Mission is to eliminate smoking worldwide by supporting cessation & harm reduction #research, and transitioning tobacco #farmers to alternative livelihoods.
#WorldNoTobaccoDay has been observed on May 31 since 1988. This year, as the world is grappling with a new and terrifying virus. #WNTD reminds us that smoking is a pandemic too. Read Derek Yach's blog piece here: https://bit.ly/2ZN5Wmt
Will #SouthAfrica’s ban on all #tobacco products as a response to #COVID19 backfire? As Derek Yach points out in a @Filtermag_org article by @Alex_Norcia, “the 1920s script of what happened in the US during Prohibition is happening now in South Africa.” https://bit.ly/2zIcUP9
In an article published by http://pubmed.gov Derek Yach explores how the #COVID19 State of Smoking Poll helps us understand tobacco use in 5 countries during the lockdown. This poll is one of many studies needed to evaluate long term consequences. https://bit.ly/3ddBoOF
In the first of our new Watching Brief series, Ayda Yurekli examines #ecigarette excise taxes and looks towards a smoke-free future in #Hungary. Take a look at her two-part piece here: https://bit.ly/36K7kYI
Tobacco Free Portfolios conducted a special webinar for #WorldNoTobaccoDay. We agree that the financial community can and should hold #tobacco companies accountable. The Tobacco Transformation Index may be a tool that can help bring us closer to that goal. https://bit.ly/2B2IVBD
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