Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas

UN Women: National Program on the Promotion of Green Inclusive Production Chains Managed by Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas   … [Read more...]

International Day of Rural Women celebrated OCT 15!

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. It recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and … [Read more...]

CEDAW, “General discussion on rural Women” (contribution call)

On the occasion of its 56th session, to be held in Geneva from 30 September to 18 October 2013, on 7 October 2013 the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold a half-day general discussion on rural women (article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women). The aim of the half-day general discussion is to commence the Committee’s process of elaborating a "General Recommendation on Rural Women". The purpose of the general … [Read more...]

LaPaz – BOLIVIA, Rural Women are Taking Action!

This month, I was on a design mission for ASAP-ACCESOS programme in Bolivia, and I got the chance to participate in a meeting of rural women that the IFAD country office organized in La Paz on March 15th, in collaboration with FAO, WFP, UNIDO, UN-WOMEN and PRAIA. The objective of the one-day event was to share, disseminate and replicate successful experiences of Bolivian women. Almost 80 participants came to present their managerial experiences that resulted in economic returns, to describe … [Read more...]

Morocco celebrates as Soulalyates women succeed in land rights

In the spring of 2012 the Moroccan Government granted men and women equal rights to benefit from incomes and profits gained from their land in a new order from the Ministry of the Interior. In the past, discriminatory laws had long deprived rural women of the Soulayates ethnic group of land ownership and benefits in Morocco. Women had campaigned hard with the support of UN Women for their inheritance and property rights, so the new ruling was a historic victory. The 2012 ruling underlines … [Read more...]

Women at a self-help group meeting in India

ROME, Italy – When Ratnamma, a soft-spoken woman from a poor rural community in India, noted that all five of her children have been educated – two of them at university level – the audience, understandably, erupted into applause. Yet hers is just one among many, perhaps millions, of similar stories lived by women and their families in several Indian states. Such stories are possible because the Government of India and its international partners decided to think big. Equally important, they … [Read more...]

“Development Advocate” is out, 12 compelling stories

MEMBER OF A LOCAL WOMEN’S COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN PAKISTAN, ONE OF MORE THAN 1,000 SUCH ORGANIZATIONS AIDED BY UNDP’S REFUGEE AFFECTED AND HOSTING AREAS PROGRAMME “As in last year’s issue, these stories highlight UNDP’s critical work on poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and the environment and sustainable development,” said UNDP head Helen Clark in a letter to readers. “They remind us that people are and always will be the centre of UNDP’s work.” … [Read more...]

Tanzanian women take matters into their own hands, pooling resources

“You need to join forces if you want to stand strong,” explains Batuli Massawe, a 46-year-old mushroom farmer who has become a respected entrepreneur due largely to training and solidarity lending in the community of Morogoro, 190 km west of Tanzania’s capital. In a country where agriculture provides the main source of livelihood for a large majority of the population — accounting for more than two-thirds of employment and almost half of Tanzania’s GDP — the the agricultural sector is … [Read more...]

We-conomy is the future of our world, Invest in Women

The future of the world economy lies increasingly in female hands   “WHY can't a woman be more like a man?” mused Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”. Future generations might ask why a man can't be more like a woman. In rich countries, girls now do better at school than boys, more women are getting university degrees than men are and females are filling most new jobs. Arguably, women are now the most powerful engine of global growth. In 1950 only one-third of American women of working … [Read more...]

Honduras: Women Run a Nursery, Learn About Climate Change

Doña Esperanza waters some of the 28 species of plantlets grown in El Pacifico Nursery. (Copyright: WFP/Hetze Tosta) Single Honduran mothers receive assistance from the Honduran authorities and the WFP to maintain this nursery that they have as a result to generate the economic resources to maintain their families and protect the environment. “We are pleased with this project because it will improve the lives of our families and communities,” says Neptali Amador, Marcovia City Council … [Read more...]

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security Rural cooperatives and farmers’ organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty. One of the ways they achieve this is through their vocation to empower small agricultural producers, and in particular women farmers. Empowering women farmers improves food security for all Women comprise on average 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries and produce the bulk of the world’s food … [Read more...]

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – ‘speaking out about gender equality’

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been speaking out about gender equality in the international arena since at least 1995, when she delivered a forceful message on women’s rights as human rights at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women. So it was no surprise that the rights of rural women figured prominently in her remarks last week at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security. Organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and held in Washington, DC, … [Read more...]

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2012: UNESCO’s efforts for rural women

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2012 Too often marginalized, women living in rural settings face steep challenges to the exercise of their human rights, their personal development and the pursuit of their aspirations.” – Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova on Women’s Day 2012. Rural households headed by women are among the most vulnerable of the world’s 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty in developing countries. Women and girls constitute 60 percent … [Read more...]

Ethiopia by Task-Shifting Procedures, Saving Women’s Lives

  Finding ways to deliver for women where doctors are in short supply TIGRAY REGION, Ethiopia — “We are all looking to you to be a window of hope to reduce the unnecessary death of mothers and newborns during pregnancy and delivery in rural Ethiopia,” said Dr.Tedros Adhanom, the Minister of Health, as he handed over degrees to the first graduates at Ayder Hospital of his country’s programme in Integrated Emergency Surgery and Obstetrics. The first graduating class of the new … [Read more...]

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