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Project ID:00092006Description:RWEE Rwanda
Rural Women Economic Empowermt
Start Date *: 2 Oct 2014
Rural Women Economic Empowermt
End Date*: 30 Jun 2021
Country: Rwanda Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Women are currently central to the discourse of rural development, politics, and democratic debate, and to national economies. The knowledge has come to their important role in providing agricultural labour force, sustaining home development, leadership skills, and driving policy development. But, rural women and girls have restricted access to productive resources; they face more difficulties in gaining access to public services, social protection, and employment opportunities. These challenges, among others, make women’s production potential and ability to remain untapped for them to take advantage of on – and off-farm as well as market opportunities in the very sector of agriculture. In addition, the leadership and participation of women in producer organizations, extension services, and local governance; remains unsatisfactory leading to deficiencies in addressing women’s needs and priorities.

Due to the above challenges affecting women’s ability to develop themselves and develop the rural areas in general, various initiatives have been introduced to ensure an enabling environment for women to play their role and contribute to different development areas.  Strategies and policies are put in place nationally, regionally, and internationally towards such favorable environment.

 It is in this context that FAO, IFAD, UNWOMEN and WFP have come up with an innovative and comprehensive UN system response in support of rural women’s economic empowerment through joint actions. This initiative is a 5-year joint global programme expected to generate synergies that capitalize on each agency’s mandate, comparative advantage and institutional strength to generate more lasting and wider scale improvements in the livelihoods and rights of rural women, including young women in line with sustainable development and post MDGs.

 Rwanda is one of the seven countries namely Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, and Niger that were considered for the first trial of this country joint programme implementation. Each country is supposed to adapt the global programme to its context and propose a joint implementation plan for the UN participating agencies and national stakeholders.

Therefore, this proposal is generated through a consultative process and draws from the global document and existing national policies, and strategies to provide Rwanda with a specific country programme and a joint implementation plan. 

The expected programmes outcomes are:

  • Rural women’s improved food security and nutrition;
  • Rural women’s increased income opportunities to sustain their livelihoods;
  • Rural women’s enhanced leadership and participation in rural institutions and in shaping laws, policies and programmes;
  • Improved gender responsive policy environment for the economic empowerment of rural women.



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