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28/07/2017

Argentina takes a step forward towards achieving rights for women in rural areas

An event lays the foundations for greater gender equality in rural Argentina. Key organizations sign a joint statement to promote the role of women in the agricultural sector.

Within the framework of the 2017 Rural Expo, various institutions organized the meeting “Women, rural leaders. Challenges, achievements and capacities in the rural environment,” to provide greater visibility to the leadership and active participation of women in agriculture and rural development.

Providing greater visibility to the leadership and active participation of women in agriculture and rural development is a major issue on the table for the large part of Latin America and the Caribbean. In the case of Argentina, multiple organizations and entities have been making efforts to work towards improving this trend for years.

A meeting entitled “Women, rural leaders. Challenges, achievements and capacities in the rural environment” was recently held in Buenos Aires with the goal of laying firm foundations in favor of gender equality in the rural environment. Representatives of various organizations, including FAO, discussed gaps and needs in Argentina regarding this issue, which cuts across all aspects of development. They also presented successful case studies of experiences that could serve as a guide for future development plans. 

“Without gender equality or economic, social and political empowerment of rural women, we will never achieve food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture or improve the lives and livelihoods for rural populations," commented Patricia Areco, Family Agriculture and Rural Development Consultant for FAO Argentina.

The event came to a close with a joint statement signed by all of the participating organizations. Felipe Crespo, Deputy Secretary of Territorial Development of the Ministry of Agroindustry in Argentina, approached the issue of linking gender equality, productivity and the culture of the land: "Men and women have to work together in order to develop a deep-rooted sense of identity and belonging associated with the land. Public policies have to help by providing appropriate tools to make this possible."

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Author: Agronoticias
Photo Credit: © FAO Argentina

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