Dear Michelle Bachelet,

Women in rural community have been known to operate effectively in areas such as food production and preservation, craft and cottage indusries,trading, farming,,buying and selling ,service provision, etc. what seems to be evident in all these areas of operation is the inadequacy of mechnisms to turn these businesses into a formal economic structure so that these women can take advantage of the many surpportive facilities that exist.Occationally, progammes by goverments and public agencies provide skills:take off capital and other inputs, which were meant to support women interactions within the informal.Sadly, many of these progammes have been mostly adhoc and poorly sustained.With the expansion in global capital and growing transnational trade,what would become of the informal sector when women's creativity is largely ignored and left to rot through non-gender sensitive economic programmes?Should women in this sector be left unaided,and if so,what alternative bussnesses and economic arenas are available to them if they are to take advantage on the new investment environment driven by globalization.These and many other concerns have raised new questions on how women are benefiting from global trade and which environment is needed to support women's involvement. I will like the UN women to address these issue critically these year.

Titi Nigeria

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Dear Titi,

what you say is so important for all the world. And up now, it seems not listened with sufficient attention by whom has the power to change things.

So many times, in so many places in the World, I sadly realize the same situations: things work, despite local government (we in Italy have very indicative examples). Things work, because a part of people makes them work. These hidden operators, women and men of good will, are a sort of "real engine" of this world.

How wonderful a place would this be, if all these people rise their voice!

So, dear sister, thank having risen your voice in a way we all can understand.

My hope is, governors also will understand.



Dear Titi,

Thank you for participating in this campaign, by using your voice and speaking out for women in Nigeria and women worldwide.

In two weeks, we will compile your letters and share your voices with the GEAR Campaign, who have been working closely with UN Women to ensure the inclusion of civil society groups, and through the PulseWire community, grassroots women leaders, as they set their agenda. We will also be sending your letters directly to Michele Bachelet and other senior leaders of the newly formed UN agency, to demonstrate the effectiveness for sourcing opinion, knowledge and needs from the global grassroots women's movement through our online community. Through this, we hope to open a portal for our community to have a direct line of influence within the UN Women agency.

I will keep you updated on the progress of our campaign!

In friendship and solidarity, Jade