Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

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Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

Rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. Their empowerment is vital for the well-being of individuals, families and rural communities and the realisation of the 2030 Agenda.

Yet many rural women continue to face significant barriers that limit their ability to fully participate in and equally benefit from profitable economic activities. Restricted access to resources and services, such as land, finance, healthcare, education, market information, agricultural inputs and technology, are further compounded by broader systemic barriers. All of which are exacerbated during times conflict, food, economic and environmental crises.

The Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP RWEE) is a global initiative with an overarching goal to secure rural women's livelihoods and rights in the context of sustainable development and address the key challenges faced by rural women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda.

Jointly implemented by FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP, the JP RWEE adopts a holistic approach to rural women's economic empowerment, building on each agency's comparative advantage and strengths in order to improve the status of women in rural areas.

The JP RWEE has four main outcomes:

  • Rural women have improved food and nutrition security
  • Rural women have increased income to secure their livelihoods and create wealth
  • Rural women have enhanced leadership and participation in their communities and in rural institutions, and in shaping laws, policies and programmes
  • A more gender responsive policy environment is secured for the economic empowerment of rural women

Addressing the root causes of gender inequality by working to overcome patriarchal systems and discriminatory social norms is crucial to removing the barriers to gender equality and achieving women’s empowerment. The JP RWEE works towards addressing gender-specific constraints that rural women face in accessing resources and opportunities and implementing measures to enhance women’s agency and expand their capacities as farmers, entrepreneurs and leaders.

To date, the JP RWEE has supported over 75,000 rural women and 400,000 households through a set of integrated efforts, with the generous support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

 


 

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