Rural women power

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa speaks at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Picture: Supplied

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa speaks at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Picture: Supplied

WOMEN living in rural areas have the potential to become key drivers against rural poverty if they had access to the same resources given to men, says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

She made the statement at a side event on achieving economic solvency for rural women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York last week.

At another event on the discussions pertaining to grassroots and indigenous women’s participation in gender responsive climate action, she said women in a cultural setting were subjected to a patriarchal system.

“As a cultural being, she may be subjected to a patriarchal system of communal governance which could pose hierarchical and differential access to resources and even to being heard in a communal setting,” she said.

“And when we consider this in the context of participation in gender responsive climate action, it is important to be aware of these cultural nuances and to be able to resolve such a dilemma in order to amplify her voice.”

Mrs Vuniwaqa said a system must be in place to ensure that the individual voices were not lost.

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