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June 2003

Announcement of publication

Voices for change: Rural women and communication

In today's climate of political and socio-economic change, communication can play a decisive role in promoting development. By fostering a dialogue between rural people and other sectors of society, communication processes can empower both women and men to provide information and knowledge as a basis for change and innovation, take decisions concerning their own livelihood and thereby increase their overall involvement in development. More specifically, communication processes can give rural women a voice to advocate changes in policies, attitudes and social behaviour or customs that negatively affect them. The same processes can help women exchange experiences, find common ground for decisions, take more control of their lives and add value to their role as active partners in rural and sustainable development.

Given that women and men play different roles in agricultural and rural development, communication media and strategies should reflect their diverse needs and priorities. For communication to give a voice to rural women and help them realize their potential, they must first have the means to be heard. In other words, they need access to communication channels and media as well as the knowledge and skills to use them.

(Also available in Arabic, French and Spanish)

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