During the 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence against Women, recognizing women’s pivotal role in rural development is essential. Even as women face challenges like restricted access to healthcare, education and economic support, they act as key drivers of positive social, economic, and environmental change.
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Project stands out for supporting rural women’s leadership, challenging stereotypes, and fostering women’s active participation in sustainable agricultural development. Across African countries, persistent gender inequality significantly impacts rural women, including prevalent gender-based violence and disparities in education and wages. Through collaboration with the African Plant Nutrition Institute, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada and Fertilizer Canada, the project enhances agricultural practices and promotes women’s leadership within co-operatives and addresses issues like gender-based violence.
The project amplifies women’s voices and enhances their economic stability by forming women’s groups and facilitating access to resources. Through dialogues and initiatives aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the project advances gender equality and increases women’s representation in leadership positions, paving the way for more sustainable and inclusive community development. Empowering women is the foundation for holistic community empowerment, fostering a more equitable and thriving society.