International Day of Rural Women.

On October 15th we celebrated the International Day of Rural Women.

Rural women are the key for a world free from hunger and poverty and are thus remembered annually on the 15th of October in order to raise awareness of the importance of achieving gender equality and empowering women as a means to fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

On average, women make up more than 40 percent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries. Yet they face significant discrimination when it comes to land and livestock ownership, equal pay, participation in decision-making entities and access to resources. Women and girls in many rural areas thus lack equal access to productive resources and assets, public services, such as education and health care, and infrastructure, including water and sanitation, while much of their labour remains invisible and unpaid.

That is why HOPE’87, together with its partners, has established projects in the rural communities of Finkolo (Mali) and Koloko (Burkina Faso) in order to increase income as well as food and nutritional security for small scale producers through capacity building and to build up resilience and income creation in the Sahel region, with a special focus on women.

To contribute to a sustainable development in the cross-border area between Burkina Faso and Mali, HOPE’87 provides support for capacity building of economic interest groups and for agricultural and poultry production, environmental protection as well as training for mothers in infant and young child feeding and health care for them.

Through a specific programme targeting 200 women beneficiaries, working sessions with groups of market gardeners are being carried out with the aim of setting up major market garden production infrastructures, in order to empower rural women and give them access to and power in decision-making over crucial resources.

Take a look at some pictures from our projects in Burkina Faso and Mali!