Gender Equality

Women are key contributors to the rural economies, they not only help in farming, earn daily wages but also engage in many businesses. As homemakers, women are integral part of the family well-being from taking care of food and nutrition to child and elderly care. Despite the progress made so far, women still face the challenge of limited access to training, education, wage-gaps, under representation at leadership level to limited say in decision making.

Empowering women will not help individuals, families, and rural communities and help boost overall inclusive and sustainable economic growth. The shift towards gender empowerment has to start at the household level with the participation of all the family members.

Gender equality is core to CDF Canada’s strategic framework. Over the years, we have seen that engaging both women and men in cooperatives makes communities more robust and resilient. Every CDF Canada project undergoes a gender assessment; thus, this helps develop a gender equality strategy to benefit both women and men equally.

Our approach across the projects aligns with international priorities, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

CDF Canada and its partner co-ops put gender and socio-economic differences at the heart of our development activities. In this way, we can be truly inclusive at empowering spaces that play an essential role in advocating for the right to sustainable and equitable livelihoods for women, men, girls, and boys. Furthermore, this approach helps to ensure a more sustainable transformation towards complete gender equality within participating co-ops and communities

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