Women and Gender Programme

Women and Gender Programme

  • One of the two key programs of CAWI is the Women and Gender program. Rural women are key to all major contemporary development concerns; food, food security, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, social development, etc. rural women also constitute the world’s poorest population and suffer most from the effects of environmental degradation, discriminatory practices which limit their education, rights of communication and ownership.
  • They are generally relegated to the background. The gender biases present a major obstacle towards achieving sustainable development and women are often neglected in their development efforts.
  • Ironically, the rural woman is expected to cater for the household, provide food for the family. To effectively play these roles, she has to till the soil, fetch wood from the forest, search for forest products (NTFPs) using all unsustainable methods thereby causing damages to the environment and destroying the natural habitat of animals.
  • CAWI seeks to increase women involvement in conservation through its Women and Gender programs notably the Women in Self Employment (WOSE) project, the Women in Green Economy (WiGrE) project and the Sustainable Management of Human Population (SuMHPop) project.