This publication is a section of the WHH position paper on rural development.
Gender equality is a human right. Women are disadvantaged in almost all societies and suffer discrimination in many places. they perform the larger proportion of unpaid work, particularly in rural areas. they often bear alone the burdens of running households, taking care of and bringing up children as well as caring for the old and sick.
In Asia and Africa it is estimated that half of all food is produced by women; in Latin America the figure is about 20 percent. this makes it particularly important to strengthen the position of women in countries affected by hunger. investments in women’s education and health are of great significance in the battle against poverty.