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Rural Women and Land

Workshop in Thies (Senegal) from 25-27 February 2003

This workshop was conceived and organised by the Rural Women's Network of Senegal (RNFRS), a network of Senegalese grassroots organisations, with the support of Dimitra and its partner organisation in Senegal, Enda-Pronat. Its main goal was for rural women to speak out and let decision-makers know about the problems they encounter in accessing cultivable land, natural resources and land acquisition and transmission.

Rural women, the majority of whom are farmers, are crucial partners in the fight against malnutrition and poverty. But in spite of their important role in food security and poverty reduction, their work remains undervalued and is frequently hindered by traditions or laws, which can be great handicaps.

Out of a total of around 100 participants, approximately 70 were rural women and men. Dimitra supported the attendance of other members of its network, all representatives of grassroots organisations and other civil society NGOs from a number of African countries, including Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Tunisia and Uganda.

For more information on the programme and presentations of the workshop, please consult the Workshop Reports section.