In addition to United Nations agencies and programs, 25 government institutions, international cooperation agencies, research centers, civil society organizations and private entities throughout Latin America launched fifth edition of the #Rural Women campaign , women with rights.
The international communication campaign seeks to recognize the forms of organization, knowledge, capacities and urgent needs of rural, indigenous and Afro-descendant women in the region, increased by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25 organizations and institutions highlighted the central role that rural women play in the production, supply and marketing of food, as well as in the preservation of traditional knowledge.
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Director of IFAD for Latin America and the Caribbean, Rossana Polastri said, “The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been aware of the potential of rural women for more than 40 years. We are talking about strong women, who often carry the weight of supporting their family on their backs. They are often invisible, but all of us who work in rural development know the key role they play in guaranteeing not only the livelihood of their families, but the food security of their communities and countries.”
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Rural women continue to work to respond to the demand for food in cities, rural communities, and in their own families. However, many of them face serious limitations to access productive resources such as land, water, agricultural inputs, financing, insurance and training, in addition to various barriers to placing their products on the markets; This situation can become even more complex for indigenous and Afro-descendant women.
In addition, many work informally, so they do not have support networks, such as social protection, which today have become a fundamental need.
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In Latin America and the Caribbean, where hunger has grown to 47.7 million people in 2019 – a figure that could reach almost 67 million by 2030, even without considering the impact of the pandemic – the fifth edition of the campaign seeks disseminate information and proposed solutions for the situation of rural women, with an emphasis on their food and nutritional security, on poverty reduction and on the elimination of gender violence; as well as supporting public policies promoted by government institutions in countries to address this situation.
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Since before the pandemic, rural women faced a gigantic overload of unpaid work, productive, family and domestic work for which they receive no payment. The challenges of the pandemic have only made this situation more complex, since in addition to their productive activities, women must now dedicate part of their time to caring for girls and boys who stopped going to school, and caring for sick and of the third Age.
Added to this critical situation are the recent reports on the increase in gender violence, as a result of the quarantine and social isolation measures that have been implemented in the countries of the region to deal with the pandemic.
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A high-level alliance to advance alongside rural women
The campaign seeks to make women visible as guardians and promoters of development, in line with the principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of leaving no one behind.
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Likewise, it seeks to join efforts and continue to advance in the implementation of intersectoral public and private policies and programs that recognize and act on the challenges faced by rural, indigenous and Afro-descendant women, placing them at the center of sustainable development strategies.
Institutions working on the empowerment of rural women in Latin America and the Caribbean can join the campaign by registering here.
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