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

Rural woman farmer triumphs against all odds

  Perseverance is one of the most important values for Grace Munetsi (46), a communal farmer based in Chiendambuya, Nyanga District, under Manicaland Province in the eastern part of Zimbabwe. She believes one should never give up in life despite facing innumerable obstacles. A married woman and mother of two children, both girls, Grace has … More Rural woman farmer triumphs against all odds

Rural Women’s Assembly Statement on International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day

14 October 2016   International Rural Women’s Day’ is marked on the 15th October and World Food Day is on the 17th October. Both these days are very recent events and were first established by the United Nations less than 10 years ago. The main purpose was to recognize “the critical role and contribution of rural … More Rural Women’s Assembly Statement on International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day