Rural women: An untapped catalyst for development

By Jacques Jimeno 15 October 2014

Rural women: An untapped catalyst for development

On the International Day of Rural Women, it’s time to reflect on the role of women in rural communities as a force to drive progress in global development — especially in the new post-2015 agenda.

The recent United Nations campaign HeForShe, in particular actress Emma Watson’s speech at its 69th General Assembly in New York, has highlighted how an inclusive approach can influence social norms to strengthen women’s ability to access and control resources and services, and ultimately their contribution to lift their communities out of poverty.

In this Google Hangout, Devex Associate Editor Carlos Santamaria moderates a conversation between Emily Hillenbrand, core team technical adviser for gender and livelihoods at CARE International, and Ranjitha Puskur, senior scientist with WorldFish, a Malaysia-based international nonprofit dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.

Click on the above video to learn more about WorldFish’s gender-transformative approach, and how CARE made the shift from prioritizing women’s empowerment to focusing on gender equality, as well as the broader implications of these strategies for both aid workers on the ground and donors.

Interested in WorldFish’s work on gender equality? Find out more in the below clip:

Gender equality: Now

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About the author

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Jacques Jimeno

Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


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