It's Our Deep Concern; Women In Rural Areas Need Economic Empowerment.

Otuto Monye
Posted September 28, 2021 from Nigeria
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Women in rural areas face constraints in engaging in economic activities because of gender-based discrimination and social norms, disproportionate involvement in unpaid work, and unequal access to education, healthcare, property, and financial and other services. They're also disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of environmental disasters and climate change.

Promoting and ensuring women empowerment in rural areas through decent work and productive employment, not only contributes to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, but also enhances the effectiveness of poverty reduction and food security initiatives, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Most women in rural areas engage in farming, hand craft skills and other forms of minor businesses. With their meagre earnings, they also take responsibility for the well-being of family members, including food provision and care for children and the elderly. Their unpaid work, particularly in poor households, often include collecting wood and water.

Rural women workers on average are paid 25 percent less than men, and they typically work longer hours. They are also often engaged in labour-intensive work in difficult conditions, which lack occupational safety and health measures, and social protection. Women agricultural workers are particularly vulnerable to sexual or other violence and harassment. Women's presence in workers' and employers' organisations remain low, leading to a lack of voice and policy-making and programme development.

This story was submitted in response to Economic Power.

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Jill Langhus
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hello, Otuto,

How are you? Thanks for sharing your photos and post, and for raising awareness on this challenge. This is sad. Do you work with the these women to help them be economically empowered and get the wages they should? Or, are there NGOs helping with this?

Hope you have a good, rest of your week.

Otuto Monye
Sep 29
Sep 29

Good day Ma. Thank you for contacting me and for your concern.
I network with entrepreneurs whom I pay to conduct free training sessions on these vocational skills:
Baking pastries, production of liquid soaps, insecticides, perfumes, cat fish farming and fashion design which is in view. These training sessions have been conducted to meet the target population of unemployed teenage girls, married women and aged women in two local communities in Abuja Nigeria (precisely, Byazhin and Peze). The current challenge of this project remains the lack of capital for a large number of these trained women to start up small scale businesses of their own where they can earn their wages.
There is no NGO assisting me. I single handedly carry out these projects with the assistance of my husband and a few team members who believe in helping the poor but the limiting factor has been the availability of funds to train more women.

Jill Langhus
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hello there:-)

You're welcome. I see. Well, I'm glad you're offering these opportunities for those in need. That's a lot to do on your own, especially the financial burden. Are you planning on starting/registering a NGO so that you can apply for funds?

Otuto Monye
Sep 29
Sep 29

Thank you for your reply. I already started an initiative; Girls Must Be Empowered (GMBE). Kindly visit my blog www.girlsmustbeempowered.blogspot.com
I am currently working on registering this initiative as an NGO with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission next month.

Jill Langhus
Oct 01
Oct 01

You're welcome, dear.

Great! Thanks for sharing. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your progress and initiatives:-)

Otuto Monye
Oct 01
Oct 01

Thank you so much. I'll keep you informed.

Jill Langhus
Oct 01
Oct 01

You’re welcome. Thanks.

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 05
Oct 05

Dear Otuto,
It is by story reports like yours that we are reminded of our priorities, to create systems locally and globally, rurally and in cities, for women's work to be recognized and for women to have access to money for all of the work done. It is in holding women back from having money that so many continue to be trapped in an unfair amount of labour and dependency on men for survival. All the best with your work. Without these women rural farmers, there would be no food. They deserve to be paid well and respected for all they do.

Otuto Monye
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thanks a lot ma'am for more light on this matter. Really, rural women are contributing a whole lot to the greater society and it's unfortunate that their works are unnoticed and unrewarded. Thankfully, we are here as a voice and a channel of hope and blessing to them. I believe that a sustained rewarding system for our women has started growing from a wonderful community like World Pulse.

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Oct 08
Oct 08

Otuto you are an inspiration...I am glad about the strength get get from here to impact our communities...I will check on your organization... Journalists for Women and Rural Development in Africa...we started training small informal workers in financial literacy too...God bless what you are doing.

Otuto Monye
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thank you so much dear Shirley for your encouragement. About your initiative, you're doing a great job on empowering women. Keep up the great work sis. Hope to hear more from you.

Grace Iliya
Oct 12
Oct 12

I agree with you dear. It can be disheartening when you see the labor that many rural women put in. We need to keep raising our voices and then find ways off helping them learn ways of making things easy.
Thanks for sharing.
Much Love

Otuto Monye
Oct 15
Oct 15

You're right sis. I pray for more of God's grace to keep doing a productive and impactful work that will change negative stories to positive and joyful stories for women and girls.