Let’s help up­lift the ru­ral women

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — The In­ter­na­tional Ru­ral Women’s Day was com­mem­o­rated on Satur­day.

One of the most touch­ing quotes about women was coined by for­mer Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter, Mar­garet Thatcher, who said: “If you want some­thing ask a man; if you want some­thing done ask a woman” This is even more apt for ru­ral women. Un­for­tu­nately they are at a great dis­ad­van­tage. For a woman liv­ing in the ru­ral ar­eas it was very hard to be con­sid­ered as an im­por­tant per­son. There was no one to recog­nise the great­est work they do to de­velop the coun­try. Ed­u­ca­tion and en­trepreneur­ship skills were given to women who are in town mostly for­get­ting those who are in ru­ral ar­eas.

Women in ru­ral ar­eas are the ones who pro­vide food for the coun­try as many farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are done by them. Some­times most of them were fail­ing to pro­duce high qual­ity prod­ucts that those who were ed­u­cated would not visit them and ed­u­cate them so they were lack­ing knowl­edge. Women in ru­ral ar­eas now are lead­ing even in cat­tle rear­ing so we can see they are con­tribut­ing much to the devel­op­ment of the coun­try.

As Zim­bab­weans let us be part of them in ev­ery­thing and sup­port them in the good work they are do­ing. Also the Gov­ern­ment should come up with pro­grammes that de­velop the knowl­edge and skills of these women in ru­ral ar­eas so that there will be high yields in food pro­duc­tion.

To those who have knowl­edge with ideas that can help ru­ral women let’s make an ef­fort to sup­port them. Spe­cial thanks to (NGOs) that are work­ing in de­vel­op­ing the ru­ral women. Re­cently there was a train­ing work­shop that was or­gan­ised by an or­gan­i­sa­tion called Kun­zwana Women As­so­ci­a­tion in which they were sup­ported by the Women’s Univer­sity in Africa to ed­u­cate and give en­trepreneur­ship skills to the women in ru­ral ar­eas. This shows that in Zim­babwe ru­ral women are also con­sid­ered as im­por­tant peo­ple.

The day was put for­ward by in­ter­na­tional NGOs at the Fourth World Con­fer­ence on Women in Bei­jing in 1995 and they sug­gested that Oc­to­ber 15 should be the day to cel­e­brate ru­ral women.

They sug­gested this date be­cause the 16th of Oc­to­ber is the World Food Day so they de­cided that the day should be on the eve of the World Food Day so as to high­light the role played by the ru­ral women in food pro­duc­tion and food se­cu­rity.

It was fi­nally es­tab­lished by the gen­eral assem­bly on 18 De­cem­ber 2007 and started to be com­mem­o­rated on 15 Oc­to­ber 2008. Let us all join hands as Zim­bab­weans to­gether with the whole world in cel­e­brat­ing our ru­ral women. Sim­barashe Rusere, Via Email

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