Date of Meeting: 19 March 2018

Meeting Organizer: Mission of Mexico

ISJC Staff Present: Captain Aron Wambua

Reporter: Captain Aron Wambua

Which SDG does this topic cover? 2, 5, 16

Type of meeting: CSW62 Side Event

Brief summary of presentation of information made

  • Rural and indigenous women are a pillar for rural development and the promotion of sustainable food systems.
  • It is essential to increase and consolidate their participation and generate enabling environments for their effectiveness.
  • They should be given an opportunity to participate in decision making at all levels.
  • To achieve SDG#2 rural and indigenous women must be involved in the design, budgeting, implementation and monitoring of public policies on food security and rural development.
  • Any strategy or policy made to end hunger should focus on equal opportunity and holistic approach.
  • Involving women in decision making in all levels will allow them to give out their proposals and not just be the recipient of what has been planned and decided.
  • Women are key agencies of democracy and they can transform the reality of communities and make it resilience.
  • Civic education is one of the ways of promoting empowerment and leadership to indigenous women.
  • Community Led Development (CLD) is more than participatory project for it requires along term process that empowers citizens and local authority to transform patriarchal mindsets and take effective action.
  • The SDG#16 calls for building participatory, effective, accountable institutions “at all levels” therefore this should start at the level closest to the people which is indigenous places.
  • People in power must view people as “active citizens” not beneficiaries.


What was of particular significance to share with The Salvation Army globally?

  • There is need to work together in mobilizing the people in communities to unleash the greatest and most under-recognized resource for development especially the leadership of women.
  • Many of our communities are often starved for information, skills, and financial resources to improve their performance therefore we need to support, make it accessible for effectiveness.
  • Ending hunger has to do with both human and social issues not only the scarcity of food but also the scarcity of democracy.


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Tags: United Nations, SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, SDG5: Gender Equality, SDG2: Zero Hunger