Zoila Esperanza Morán never learned how to read or write. As the eldest girl in a family of two sisters and a brother, she never had a chance to go to school. “Education is not important for women,” her mother would say. And so Zoila spent her childhood helping with chores at home, until the age of 15, when she was married off without her consent.
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How a multi-agency programme is making a difference in the lives of rural women around the world.
In Cox's Bazar district of south-eastern Bangladesh, WFP's project Enhancing Food Security (EFS) provides opportunities for ultra-poor women to take on a new role in their households and communities. From 2012 to 2014, Hasina and her family took part in EFS.
This five-minute video shows how the FAO Dimitra Clubs in Niger have been crucial in ensuring women's access to land and water, while contributing to nutrition, food security, gender equality and reducing rural poverty at the same time.
In the framework of its support to Ebola recovery, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) donated a generator to the Koinadugu Women Vegetable Farmers’ Cooperative.
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.
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.