We rural women account for a fourth of the world’s total population.
We are leaders, with continuous advocacy efforts for equity and equality.
We are producers of not just children, but we weed and plough the farm lands and work it effortlessly yielding in the crops and taking home the bread just as any man would. The decline in the contributions of women to agriculture, as a result of their own illness or that of family members, can create a substantial drop in agricultural productivity and in some developing countries, women account for as much as 70 percent of the agricultural labour force and an even higher percentage of food production.
We are entrepreneurs. Innovative thinkers and although we sometimes procrastinate, we also make it happen. We are service providers to everyone that comes in contact with us; and it’s not merely because are women but because we rural women face an awful lot of challenges and are more likely to negotiate our demanded result from a situation with whatever resources we have.
With all our attributes and traits though we face many socio-economic needs and sometimes end up in abusive relationships when we seek to have a man in the house to assist us financially. This sometimes lead to us contracting HIV in our endeavors to be all woman, independent and survivors. HIV/AIDS is still highly stigmatized and many women are ostracized. The effects of HIV/AIDS are not only felt at the household level but have wider repercussions, as well. Thus, help from the extended family and the community, their main safety nets, is often severed.
More households are headed by HIV/AIDS widows than widowers, left with the children to care for as men generally have a ‘don’t care’ attitude in regards to their health, refusing to see the doctor and refusing clinical treatment and care. Often times this leads to poverty as family assets and savings may be completely spent, leaving the surviving family members without means of support.
Access to land and support services that could see these women through the hard times are denied them because of their inferior social and legal status in traditionally patriarchal rural societies.
Our contributions are quite vital to the well-being of families; we are most likely to be the ones with the responsibility of caring for the children, the sick, the elderly and the grown ass men in our lives.
Today as we celebrate rural women internationally, we remind them of their importance to their families by extent communities and country’s economy as this depends on us and assertion of the Sustainable Development Goals is impossible without us.
Increase the availability of treatment and care provision in rural areas. Improve educational and social productivity. Help in preventing the spread of HIV and HIV mortality.
#International Day Of Rural Women- October 15