Thousands of women in Fiji rely on income gleaned from selling produce or handicrafts at local markets to pay for their children's education and day-to-day living expenses. Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction of crops and market buildings not only takes away their source of income, it threatens the food security of entire communities, as well as having wider implications for their families' health, nutrition and education.
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to invest in securing women's rights to land and other productive resources, developing their capacity to boost food production and creating more wealth for family farmers, while preventing and minimizing food losses and waste.
Closing the digital gender gap: women farmers in South Africa receive ICT training under the “She Will Connect” programme.
In a region where women still struggle to close the gender gap, Morocco stands out. In the past ten years it has enacted laws to eliminate discrimination against women and guarantee gender equality. But how do these laws make a difference in remote rural areas?
Rwanda is the first country in the world where women hold a parliamentary majority and new laws have given women rights to land, employment opportunities and education. Now, in the most remote parts of the country, gender equality is going a long way to reducing poverty.
Not that long ago on Zanzibar island, you would never have seen a woman earning her own income or making decisions in the home. Now, through education, women have found equality in their work, homes and communities.
This six-minute video shows how the FAO Dimitra Clubs in Niger have been crucial to ensure women's access to land and water, while contributing to nutrition, food security and gender equality, thereby reducing rural poverty. The transformative approach of the Dimitra Clubs induces behavioral changes in various aspects of daily life for individuals, households and communities in rural areas.