Local Participatory Democracy and Rural Women Leadership: Key Issues to fulfill SDG 2
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.
Web links for more information
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