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15 Dec 2010 description

Wed, 12/15/2010

By David Snyder

After learning about her property rights, Hafswa Nabanjja is compensated for being forced off land she had farmed for decades.

LUWERO DISTRICT, Uganda - As a poor woman in Uganda's Luwero District, Hafswa Nabanjja's land dispute could have had any of 100 different endings - none of them beneficial to her. Looking back, she still remembers the day a new landowner appeared at her door with news she and her husband could not believe.

"The landowner sold the entire land," Hafswa says.

08 Dec 2010 description

Rwandan Women Find Strength in Each Other

On a recent visit to Rwanda, my ICRW colleague Amy Gregowski and I had the opportunity to meet members of the Rwanda Women's Network (RWN) and learn about their effort to support survivors of the 1994 genocide.

18 Nov 2010 description

Meet Janet Wamalwa

Thu, 11/18/2010

ICRW Communications Staff

Simple, diverse farming techniques help mother of five in Kenya curb hunger and earn an income.

VILLAGE OF MUYAFWA, Kenya - Much of Janet Wamalwa's one-acre farm plot lay bare and difficult to cultivate. Like many areas of sub-Saharan Africa, her land in Muyafwa, a village in western Kenya, was plagued by soil erosion and low productivity. And for a subsistence farmer like 32-year-old Janet, when her crops don't grow, her family doesn't eat.

30 Sep 2010 description

Hundreds of thousands of women die every year in childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes. Virtually all of these maternal deaths occur in poor countries. In order to reduce maternal deaths and improve the overall life chances of poor mothers, policy and programs must address poverty and gender inequality, two inter-related, root causes of maternal death.

01 Jul 2010 description

Girls have a fundamental right to be heard, valued and respected. Moreover, by listening to girls' voices, policymakers and program managers can help bridge the gaps between girls' aspirations and their actual experiences. In this report, the authors outline six themes that arise from girls' aspirations, including the desire to be healthy and educated with viable livelihoods and career opportunities, financial security and independence; and to marry and have children at the appropriate time.

05 Apr 2010 description

Kenyan Women Farmers and Agricultural Experts Share Needs, Successes with ICRW

Women farmers in Kenya are hungry for innovative, concrete business ideas. They need more access to credit, training, technical assistance and resources such as fertilizer and seeds. And they're eager to learn practical ways to invest their savings.

That's just some of what experts from the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) heard from Kenyan women farmers, the organizations that work with them and local technical experts during a recent visit to Nairobi.

01 Apr 2010 description

This paper reviews current thinking and practice on increasing agricultural productivity, both subsistence and commercial agriculture, and examines what is known about women's roles in both sectors.