• Supply Chain Act
  • INA lunchbreak
  • gender
05. May 2023

In this INA Lunchbreak, we will address the topic "On the way to gender equity and proper due diligence". 

Statistics and practice clearly show that women, with their labor and knowledge, form the backbone of agricultural households. Despite this, they are often affected by discrimination and extreme poverty. According to UN Women (2022), approximately 388 million women and girls lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2022. They lack access to resources, rights, and representation at all levels. Gender transformative approaches address this inequality and ultimately contribute to the well-being of all, for example, by increasing income for the entire household. The German Supply Chain Act prohibits discrimination and unequal treatment in any form. Among other things, the law requires the establishment of transparent and accessible complaint mechanisms. Workers can thus better defend themselves against exploitation and abuse of power. The planned European supply chain regulation goes one step further: workers should then also be able to sue for their rights before German and European courts. 

We will show you the relevance of Gender Transformative Approaches (GTA) and gender-responsive procurement practices to reach gender equity in agricultural supply chains and practice proper due diligence

The date is Friday 05.05.2023 from 12.00 - 13.00pm.


12.00pm        Opening and Updates

                       Lisa Kirfer-Rühle, Division 122 / BMZ


12.10pm        Gender in agricultural supply chains

                       Dr. Nozomi Kawarazuka, Social Scientist, International Potato Centre, CGIAR


12.20pm        Best-Practice from the textile company Verdonna, Winner of the German Sustainability                                 Award

                       Lorena Gerstner, Founder, VERDONNA  


12.30pm         Gender-responsive procurement practices as key element of due diligence  

                        Astrid Aafjes, Founder, shesupplies


12.40pm        Q&A


12.55pm        Summary and Outlook
                      Maike Möllers, INA Program Management


Host: Christian Thorun, ConPolicy 


The event is aimed at interested stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and politics.