Rural communities generally rely on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and livestock for their livelihoods.
Rural women grow and prepare most of the food consumed in the home. They raise small livestock, collect water and fuel and care for the children, the sick and the elderly.
Many rural workers receive low earnings, live and work in precarious conditions and have little access to risk-coping mechanisms.
When parents cannot produce or earn sufficient income to ensure their family’s livelihoods, their children are sent to work.
Rural women are particularly disadvantaged in access to quality and paid employment due to cultural norms, limited access to productive resources and time consuming domestic responsibilities.
They are generally segmented into lower quality jobs and tend to earn less than men.
Insufficient income limits women’s ability to sustain their families’ well-being and support their communities.
Households and communities benefit when women have access to paid employment, translating in food security and social and economic growth.
Better quality jobs and equal social protection and labour standards for women and men are key to decent work.