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UN launches a new world program to empower rural women || Press release


UN Women and the three United Nations agencies working on food and agriculture launched the past Thursday a joint program “Accelerating Progress Toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women” to empower poor rural women through economic integration and food security initiatives.
The program is a five-year initiative of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Program (WFP). It will be implemented initially in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda.
Most rural women and girls face many obstacles in gaining access to public services, social protection, decent employment opportunities, and markets and other institutions. To address these issues, the joint program will focus on four goals:

  • Improving food and nutrition security,
  • Increasing incomes,
  • Enhancing leadership and participation in rural institutions,
  • Creating a more responsive policy environment at national and international levels

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