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Women's Day statement
Youth Agrarian Society
March 08, 2013
Society joins the rest of the world in commemorating this year's
International Women's Day under the theme on the 8th of March 2013.
A day that is set aside to celebrate the strides that have been
made to advance women's rights and to reflect on the obstacles that
still remain that include but are not limited to violence, limited
economic empowerment opportunities and poverty.
In rural Zimbabwe,
women play a critical role in the developmental work through their
contributions to agriculture production, providing much of the farming
work force. Despite their significant role as agricultural producers,
women's access and ownership to land and other key productive resources
remains limited and they lack legal control over the land they can
farm. Reducing gender inequality and recognising the contributions
of women to agriculture is critical in attaining food security.
There is compelling and consistence evidence that when the status
of women is improved, agricultural productivity increases, poverty
is reduced and nutrition improves.
As YAS we will
continue to work with young women in rural areas lobbying for their
access, ownership and control of land where they have land rights
and secure tenure. We believe empowering young women with knowledge
and skills development in agriculture will go along way in rural
development and improving the socio-economic status of women. This
will also strengthen their capacity to demand protection against
violence and gender barriers. Economic empowerment of women has
done so much to help the women onto the ladder of economic activity
and that has come with community respect, political legitimacy and
influence. However the pace has been slow, and as such now it is
the time to strengthen the social, political and economic emancipation
Today the unparalleled
challenges that the country is facing, do not require the traditional
ways of governing society, instead it calls for approaches that
moves the society away from the decision making that served us poorly
in the recent years. Having more women in key decision making places
in political, social and economic processes would help build a better
society that values each individual and the contributions they make.
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