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Women in rural Cambodia cultivate their way out of vulnerability

19 July 2017

In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women—including those who are illiterate or single mothers—to help them improve their livelihoods. More

In Benin, small savings and loans groups drive rural women’s empowerment

28 June 2017

Across rural Africa, women farmers are benefiting from Savings and Loans Groups to grow their businesses. Some 40 per cent of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality grantees in Africa are now using this methodology, leading to better nutrition, business development and sustainable land management outcomes. The Miguéze’ programme, for example, has impacted 2,780 people, and women are emerging as leaders and role models. More

From where I stand: “We thought gender was only for educated people”

26 June 2017

Modesta Mujawariya is a co-founder of a small farmer’s cooperative in Rwanda. Although she had twelve plots of land, she didn’t know the exact size of her land and how to estimate yields. The Buy from Women platform connected her to markets and information through mobile technology. One of her biggest surprises was learning about how gender equality matters in agriculture. More

From housewives to local councils, rural women in Kyrgyzstan shift gears

30 May 2017

In villages across Kyrgyzstan, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods after completing leadership and skills training programmes. Most of the participants are now running small-scale businesses and some have joined local councils to shape laws and policies. More

Expert’s take: Making unpaid work visible creates livelihoods for rural women

08 March 2017

Subhalakshmi Nandi leads the women's economic empowerment portfolio at UN Women’s Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She is a feminist development professional, with 15 years’ experience in the UN and with civil society organizations, and has worked on diverse issues of gender equality and women’s rights. Her work involves research, policy advocacy and programme management, with a focus on empowering the most marginalised rural communities of South Asia. More

From where I stand: “When I’m stung, I am reminded of how strong I already am”

24 February 2017

Oralia Ruano Lima was among the first women in her indigenous community to join an all-female entrepreneurship project as a beekeeper. Today the women beekeepers of Urlanta, a village in the south-eastern region of Guatemala, are bringing in sustainable jobs and income to their rural communities, and changing mindsets and attitudes towards women. More

“Changes are on the way for women farmers”—Executive Director

14 October 2016

"Changes are on the way for women farmers. Some of those changes are those brought by giant global forces, like climate change, environmental degradation, or migration patterns that can either leave them alone heading their households, or alone in search of work. But other changes are coming about through a better recognition of women farmers as a force in themselves.."—Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of Rural Women. More

Empowering women farmers of Rwanda through mobile technology

13 October 2016

Farmers in Rwanda now know the exact size of their land, can better forecast production and access markets through digital, mobile-enabled platform supported by UN Women and World Food Programme. What’s more, the programme is bridging gender equality gaps in agriculture and ensuring women’s equal participation in the value chain. More

Stepping out of the Boma: Maasai women of Tanzania take charge of their own lives and livelihood

13 October 2016

In Tanzania, UN Women and partner workshops have empowered hundreds of Maasai women to acquire land, find additional employment and diversify their economic activities to supplement their families’ income. More

From where I stand: Florah Maswanganyi

29 August 2016

Florah Maswanganyi, 54, is a farmer from Giyani Village in Limpopo province, South Africa. She took part in a workshop on the effects of climate change on rural women and women smallholder farmers, which aimed to strengthen rural women’s voices in advocating for gender-sensitive climate change agreements. More

Boosting incomes and hope in rural Mexico and Central America

01 June 2016

María José Schaeffer, a UN Women Programme Analyst in Guatemala who coordinates two multi-country economic empowerment programmes, recounts a recent monitoring mission to Oaxaca, Mexico. More

Research reveals how fragile settings exacerbate inequalities

24 March 2016

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality launched new research on women’s economic empowerment in fragile States this week on the sidelines of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women in New York. More

In Guinea, a cooperative empowers rural women

09 February 2016

In the Katfoura village on the Tristao Islands in Guinea, one civil society organization is providing rural women with new opportunities to generate income and improve community life. More

“We must take every opportunity to ensure that rural women do not lag behind, but rather lead the way”— Executive Director

14 October 2015

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of Rural Women, 15 October 2015 More

Rural Peruvian women spur local dairy industry

14 October 2015

With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, an association of rural indigenous women cheese and yogurt producers is growing, boosting incomes and economic independence. More

"We must not let this opportunity slip away" – Lakshmi Puri

12 October 2015

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Third Committee, 70th session of the General Assembly, New York, 12 October 2015. More

Senegalese rural women strive for the sustainable use of sea resources

21 September 2015

UN Women and WFP introduce modern processing technologies to support women in Kafountine committed to repurposing and adding value to fresh fish that would otherwise go to waste. More

In Moroccan oases women watch plants and incomes grow

17 September 2015

A group of women living in Moroccan oases have found a unique way to earn an income and mitigate the effects of climate change on their environment by cultivating medicinal and aromatic plants, using renewable energy. More

The Government of Iraq and UN Women work together for rural women

14 July 2015

To improve the socioeconomic status of rural women and young girls in selected governorates in Iraq, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations signed a USD 2.5 million dollar joint-project on “Socio-Economic Development of Rural Women” on 9 July. More

Rural women access early cancer screening in Turkey

07 April 2015

“I would not have found the opportunity to even go [get screened at all had it not been for this service],” says 65-year-old Ümmügül, from a farming family in the village of Hamamkarahisar, located an hour away from Eskişehir – a central Anatolian city in Turkey. She is one of the 659 rural women living on the outskirts of the city that have already been screened at the Cancer Early Diagnosis, Screening and Information Centre in Eskişehir since rural outreach efforts began in October 2014. More

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