International Women’s Day 2012: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty

Posted: March 12, 2012 in Economic Development, Rights around the world

Originally posted on developing solidarity - blog project of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA:

On March 8 each year, communities around the world stop to reflect on the role of women in our societies, the ongoing inequalities that exist and strategies to overcome them.

Women continue to bear the brunt of global poverty and are estimated to make up around 70% of the world’s poor. With the majority of the world’s poor living in rural areas, rural women are clearly one of the most disadvantaged groups in the world. In rural areas, women do the majority of work as well as carry the burden of caring responsibilities for both young and old. Rural areas are also often where jobs, services and opportunities fail to materialise, where exploitation of people and the environment take place – exploitation which, ironically, the rapidly developing cities of the world depend on.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA and our partners see this every day, contrasting the bustling markets and shiny new…

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