Rural women against poverty and COVID19

  • October 15, 2020

On UN International Day of Rural Women, General Representative Geraldine Reymenants and Deputy Representative Nikolas Bosscher visited the Hebron Mango Tree Owner Primary Cooperative in the South African province of North West. They celebrated this day together with some of the rural women who are frontrunners in the struggle against poverty, climate change and the consequences of COVID-19.

The theme of the UN-day is "Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19" and highlights the effects of restricted access to land ownership and resources faced by rural women and exacerbated during the pandemic.

Gender CCSA is a nonprofit organisation which seeks to address these issues by empowering women both in grassroots communities and within national, regional and international climate policy arenas. The Government of Flanders supports their Gender and Climate Resilient Communities Initiative (GCRCI) Project in which they partner with the Hebron Mango Tree Owner Primary Cooperative. This cooperative of smallholder farmers produces a variety of indigenous food products which enhance the nutrition and food security of their families and community.

General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa