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September 26, 2020

Sound Commentary: Strategies and a Powerful Coalition to Improve the Situation of Rural Women

first_img 39 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sound Strategies and a Powerful Coalition to Improve the Situation of Rural WomenBy Manuel OteroDirector General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) InternationalLifestyleLocalNews Sound Commentary: Strategies and a Powerful Coalition to Improve the Situation of Rural Women by: – March 8, 2020  To address inequalities and bridge the divide that affects rural women, one must first understand the situation that they face every day in bearing children, producing, and working in organizations.Sound public policies, programs and affirmative actions that incorporate a gender focus in the rural environment, call for appropriate strategies and a powerful social coalition, with the capacity to build awareness about a crucial issue in the modern world.Women in rural areas are characterized by their diversity. They are indigenous people, Afro-descendants, peasant farmers, fisherwomen, artisans, migrants, youngsters and adults.There are sixty million rural women in Latin America and the Caribbean, of which 17 million are registered as economically active, and only 4.5 million are classified as agricultural producers.Although many women are major producers, exporters or heads of organization, they are still viewed as the “producer’s wife” or “assistant” and relegated to a subordinate role.Women produce half of the world’s food, yet seven out of every ten people suffering from hunger are women.Women own less than 15% of the land and less than 2% of overall property in developing countries. They receive only 10% of global income, although they shoulder two-thirds of the workload. Women in rural areas account for up to two-thirds of the 800 million illiterate people in the world and represent 43% of its agricultural labor force.Moreover, young women work more hours overall and more unpaid hours. This means that they often have limited resources, which makes them more dependent on their parents, brothers or partners – a situation which often leads to abuse, control and other expressions of gender violence.Women in rural areas have the lowest levels of employment and access to basic services and make up the majority of those in informal jobs and the lowest paid positions.Allowing rural women and men equal access to production resources would boost women’s crop yield by as much as 30%, and reduce the number of women suffering from hunger by up to 17%.More than 60% of the poorest families, which live on marginal lands, are headed by women – families without access to technological developments that would enable them to increase their output.Their poverty also prevents them from accessing the most basic production inputs, such as fertilizer, pesticides and basic machinery in order to participate in production chains and trade. These inequalities directly affect the productivity of rural territories, and in turn global food security. Under-representation in politics and digital exclusion are other aspects of this reality.This situation compels us to collaborate with governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations to begin to take decisive action and ensure that all women in rural areas in the American hemisphere can exercise their rights as citizens.Rapid and consistent action combined with a long-term vision will result in immense and positive social repercussions.Women who are earning an income are more likely than men to invest in food and a better education for their children. Thus, not only is discrimination immoral, it is inefficient.We cannot afford to wait any longer. Neither can they!                                              Director General of IICA, Manuel Oterolast_img read more

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August 13, 2020

Deiveson Figueiredo wants to move up for Henry Cejudo or defend UFC flyweight title against Demetrious Johnson

first_imgNew UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo wants to fight Demetrious Johnson or move up a division and bring Henry Cejudo out of retirement.Figueiredo (19-1) choked out Joseph Benavidez at the end of a dominant first round to claim the vacant belt at Fight Island on Saturday, after being ineligible for the title in their first bout last February because he missed weight. It was the fourth submission attempt from the Brazilian after he knocked down Benavidez for a third time. MORE: Kattar wants shot at Volkanovski after being IgeFigueiredo — who was initially a doubt for the fight after testing positive for coronavirus — believes he has the stature to encourage Cejudo to return to the Octagon. Cejudo called time on his UFC career after defending his bantamweight title, which he won after vacating the flyweight belt, against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 last May.”I’ll accept a superfight if they give me one. I’ll move up to 135 [pounds]. I want to be a two-division champion but I’m going to defend this belt as well,” said Figueiredo.”I’d like to have a fight at 135. I’d like to be the guy to bring back Henry Cejudo from retirement. I think he was looking for a worthy opponent and I think I’m that guy. I would love to move up and fight him at 135.”The flyweight and bantamweight divisions now have new champions, with Petr Yan beating Jose Aldo for the latter belt at UFC 251.Following Figueiredo’s triumph and with a reference to Yan, Cejudo tweeted: “Congrats to the second interim UFC champ this week.”He followed up with a video of him having his hair trimmed and the caption: “The real champ is getting a haircut.”Congrats to the second interim UFC champ this week @deivesonfigueiredo #UFCFightIsland2— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) July 19, 2020The Real Champ is getting his haircut @daico_deusdaguerra #bendtheknee #ufcfightisland2 pic.twitter.com/67CdR697Db— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) July 19, 2020UFC president Dana White said Figueiredo will have to successfully defend his title more than once before being offered the opportunity to move up in weight.”I’d like to see him defend his title a couple times. Maybe if he defends the title a couple of times, that’ll be interesting, yeah,” said White.On the fight with Benavidez, he added: “Pure violence. No controversy in this one. We have pretty nasty champions in those two divisions now.”[There was] a ton of controversy in the first fight from weight to head-butts. No controversy in this one. The guy came in and did what he said he was going to do against the No. 2-ranked guy in the world and he looked damn good doing it.”If his next fight comes at 125 pounds, then Figueiredo would like to take on inaugural flyweight champion Johnson, who is fighting in the ONE Championship. “Now I have the belt I have to train very hard. I’m the guy that everyone wants to beat,” he said.”I’m a knockout artist, everybody knows that, and we put that record together with a lot of hard work.”That’s definitely a fight all the fans would want to see, me against Demetrious Johnson. If the UFC wants to bring him back, I’m going to be very happy, and I’m going to knock him out with a lot of pride.”last_img read more

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August 19, 2019

Fisheries Institute shakeup continues

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