KATHMANDU, NOV 29 - UN Women, along with three Rome-based UN agencies working in the food and agriculture sector, has launched a joint programme to empower Nepali women through economic integration and food security initiatives.
A five-year programme, “Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women,” is the joint initiative of UN Women, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme. Besides Nepal, the programme will also be implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Niger and Rwanda. Stakeholders organised a two-day workshop, beginning Thursday, to discuss the programme and its future course.
The UN agencies exchanged ideas and opinions with grassroots-level organisations, members of NGOs, government officials and representative of local UN clubs.
Workshop participants urged donor organisations to concentrate more on improving the lifestyle of underprivileged and marginalised women. They also urged the adoption of past successful practices that brought commendable changes to various aspects of the lives of rural women.
The $35 million programme is centred around four outcomes for rural women—improved food and nutrition security, increased income to sustain livelihoods, enhanced leadership and participation in rural institutions and in shaping laws, policies and programmes and a focus on a gender-responsive policy environment.
Stating that rural women are key contributors to global economies in both developed and developing nations, UN Women claimed that the programme will enhance agricultural and rural development, improve food security and help reduce poverty levels.
Posted on: 2012-11-30 08:45