The International Land Coalition (ILC) supports five community-based projects promoting the legal empowerment of rural women. Ahead of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, projects piloted innovative ways to enhance women’s land rights, identifying models for replication and scaling up as well.
The theme this year: “Empower Rural Women, End Hunger and Poverty” focuses on the role that rural women play in ensuring food security. In this audio, learn how women farmers in northern Côte d’Ivoire are playing a key role in reducing poverty.
The UN has officially launched the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) to highlight the role played by cooperatives in fighting poverty worldwide. Sha Zukang, head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, outlines the role these member-driven institutions play in helping poor people.
Michelle Bachelet, former President of the Republic of Chile and current UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, said in a keynote speech that a significant cause of food insecurity is "the poverty and discrimination faced by women and girls, including women farmers".