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The diversity of rural women

08 March 2016

Date: 8 March 2016

There are more than 370 million indigenous persons in the world and 50  per cent are women.

Indigenous women are often the most disadvantaged members of their communities because of their limited access to education, assets and credit, and their exclusion from decision-making processes.

Too often development measures meant to assist poor rural women treat them as if they were all the same, says Myrna Cunningham Kain, President of the Centre for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples.

In reality, rural women are a diverse population with different cultural backgrounds, knowledge systems and development challenges.

And honoring those differences says Cunningham Kain, can make all the difference.