PDF – 2012 – The long-term well-being of the planet, its peoples and natural resources is of global concern to governments and civil society. As we face the 21st century challenges of climate change, growing population, and increasing demands on natural resources, it is relevant and strategic to consider the contribution of women in defining and implementing solutions. This discussion paper focuses in particular on rural women, who make up a quarter of the world’s population and who are primary stakeholders in the fate of the planet.
Rural women play a significant role in the use and management of land, water, forests, and livestock. Their agency and aspirations for their families and communities are key to effective solutions. Yet they are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty, conflict and natural disasters, and are constrained by low status, limited education, and a heavy burden of work, with little access to or control over resources. Despite this, rural women across the world are organizing to improve their situation, influence policy and realize their rights.
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