Civil Society Declaration of Marrakech

We, Moroccan, Maghreb, African and International social movements, assembled in Marrakech during COP22, reaffirm our determination to build and defend climate justice, and to act now in order to ensure global warming remains under the target of 1.5°C – in line with commitments made by heads of state in Paris. The World Can no Longer … More Civil Society Declaration of Marrakech

We have to speak about climate! Its urgent!

On Monday 14th November, the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and the People’s Dialogue participated in the Africa Assembly in the COP22 Autonomous Space. In a packed hall speakers talked about the challenges of youth in Africa, about the concerns of workers, about the importance of governance, the daily problems of farmers and the position of … More We have to speak about climate! Its urgent!

Rural Women are crucial link to food security

The month of October marks International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day. It is no coincidence that the two days raise issues that are intimately linked and lie at the base of our country’s future livelihood. Rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over … More Rural Women are crucial link to food security

Rural Women in the Frontline in Defense of Climate Change through Nature Conservation and Development

The Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly (SRWA) commemorated International Rural Women’s Day on 20 October 2016 with a public meeting at the Ekukhanyeni Inkhundla under the Manzini region. The day was celebrated under the theme: “Sivikela Imvelo,Nekutfutfuka KwaBo make, Ngekulwa nekugucugucuka Kwesimo Selitulu” English translation: Rural  women in the front line in defense of climate change through … More Rural Women in the Frontline in Defense of Climate Change through Nature Conservation and Development

Rural Women’s Organisation Celebrates 20 years of Fighting for Rural Farmworker Women Rights

The Women on Farms Project, a local organization based in the Western Cape which forms part of the South African Rural Women’s Assembly celebrated their 20th anniversary on 13-15 October 2016. The first two days we reflected on the changes that took place (both positive and negative) on the farms over the past two decades … More Rural Women’s Organisation Celebrates 20 years of Fighting for Rural Farmworker Women Rights

Background on International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day

International Day of Rural Women – 15 October The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide. Background The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15, … More Background on International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day

RWA presents on movement building at the International Conference on Ecology in Mauritius

The Rural Women’s Assembly presented at the international conference on ecology on 13 October 2016 in Mauritius. The conference was hosted by the Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES) under the theme: The Ecological Crisis and the Law of Nature. One hundred activists from various countries including South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Swaziland, … More RWA presents on movement building at the International Conference on Ecology in Mauritius

Rural woman wins land battle where women’s rights are contested

    For Barbra Saunyama (58) of Nyanga District in Manicaland Province, east of Zimbabwe, participating in the #women2killimanjaro 2016 women’s land rights campaign not only gave her an opportunity to learn from others, but allowed her to project her voice even louder than ever before. A widow, who gave birth to three children who … More Rural woman wins land battle where women’s rights are contested