Defining Gender Equality, and the Importance of Mentorship in Agriculture

“The definition of mentorship is to empower. The meaning of empowerment is to enable, liberate, engage, free and permit. It is the drawing out of the very best in a person without the constraints of expectation or entitlement. Thus, to mentor is to guide the process so that an individual has the power to change their life, succeed in school, business and relationships, to lead and to love.”

That’s the start of Brenda Schoepp’s Nuffield Report, The Development of Mentorship Programs for Women in Agriculture A Global Perspective.

It was in 2012 that Schoepp was selected as a Nuffield Scholar. Inspired by the incredible role women have in food security, Schoepp decided to focus her research, as noted, on mentorship programs for women in agriculture. Her research took her across the world, and she’s now visited sixteen countries.

Though much of her work involves inspiring women in agriculture, Schoepp is quick to acknowledge that everyone must walk the path to gender equality.

Equality is standing up for the excellence of the other,” she told RealAgriculture.

Schoepp will be speaking at the upcoming Agricultural Excellence Conference in Regina, November 25-27, 2015. Her presentation is entitled “Grit and Grace — Women Who Lead, Feed and Beautify our World.” Stay tuned after the conclusion of our video, below, to hear a preview of her presentation.

In this video, Brenda Schoepp talks about the importance of mentorship, using research gathered in her work under Nuffield Canada and her continued efforts to improve mentorship opportunities in Canadian agriculture.

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