Rural Women

A section of rural women in the Upper East Region have called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to support them to play leading roles and contribute effectively in decision- making processes.


They indicated that women were vital tools for change and when given the chance, they would make a good impact in the development of the assemblies in the Region.
The women made the call during the celebration of the International Rural Women?s Day at Garu in the Upper East Region to recognise women?s efforts towards the development of their communities.

It was organised by Oxfam, an International Organisation working to promote rural women and climate change, the Garu Presbyterian Agricultural Station (PAS), a non-governmental organisation and the Garu-Tempane District Assembly.

The celebration, with the theme, ?inspiring change,? was also to commemorate World Women?s Day and to recognise the importance of rural women in the development of agriculture and food security.

The women noted that they were usually left out of the decision-making process; as a result their needs were not met even though they were the majority in the communities.

They called on the MMDA?s, traditional leaders and stakeholders to give total support to women since they were the driving force for change in society.

Madam Lillian Kuutiero, Advocacy Officer, Oxfam, noted that rural women played a critical role in the economies of communities, households, and countries at large.

She explained that the quantity of food harvested from the field in the respective households depended on how far women were able to sow the seeds.

Madam Kuutiero urged stakeholders to recognise the important roles women played in communities and empower them for the growth of society.
Mr Solomon Atigah, Manager, PAS, mentioned that the contribution of women in food security was immeasurable and urged stakeholders to institute measures that would salvage them from hardships.
He said women engaged in the processing of various foods such as shea butter, rice milling, pito brewing, and oil extraction among others for consumption.
He disclosed that his outfit had undertaken pragmatic measures in advocating for the rural woman to have access to productive resources and be part of the decision making processes at the household and community levels.
He therefore called on the MMDs to work diligently to end all forms of discrimination against rural women in order to create an enabling environment for them to function and give their best.



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