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Northern Senegal holds women’s training to build leadership capacity

Twenty (20) women leaders from organizations of women farmers, civil society, women’s rights activists and local officials participated in a local capacity building workshop for rural women in Podor (Senegal) from August 4 to 6, 2014 . Participants came from Matam, Saint-Louis, Linguère, Dagana and Podor, localities in North Senegal. The workshop was led by three (3) facilitators who participated in the sub-regional workshop for trainers organized in Somone (Mbour, Senegal) last January 2014. Four...
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Leadership Training for Rural Women Dedicated to Irene Fernandez

Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) and Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) dedicated its Leadership Training for Rural Women to the memory of Irene Fernandez in a gathering of women farmer leaders and CSO representatives of India in Chennai, Tamil Nadu last July 31. Irene Fernandez was the Chairperson of the Steering Council of PAN AP as well as a member of the Steering Committee of the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC)....
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Rural Women Leaders Meet in Chennai: Leadership Training aims to empower leadership of women in agriculture

Women farmer leaders and CSO representatives from the different states in India are meeting for the Rural Women’s Leadership Training in Chennai, Tamil Nadu since 27 July to 01 August 2014. The 6-day training is aimed to sharpen the skills and perspectives of twenty six (26) rural women farmers using creative methods and strategies, such as games, workshops, and community visits. The activity also aims to teach women about land, food and agricultural issues at...
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Rural women unite, kick off campaign March 8

As the world marks the International Women’s Day on March 8, various groups from eight countries in Asia Pacific and Africa will kick off a campaign highlighting the plight and struggle of rural women through simultaneous activities by participating organisations. “For more than a hundred years, the world has been observing the international day of women. While some gains for women’s rights, borne out of their struggle, have been won, oppression and marginalisation based on...
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PAN AP jumpstarts the “Women Reclaim our Seeds!” campaign

(Penang, Malaysia) – On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) launches its campaign with the theme “Women Reclaim our Seeds” to celebrate the inspiring diversity and knowledge on seeds in the hands of women. PAN AP releases a booklet (Women Reclaim our Seeds) which documents the stories of women farmers from India, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines of their invaluable roles as community...
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Intervention of the Civil Society Mechanism On the importance of consultations

Rome, Italy My name is Magimai Appakuti of Tamil Nadu Dalit Women’s Movement in India and of the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC). I speak as part of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM). I am a member of a women farmers’ group doing collective farming. Consultations about agricultural investments are important to us. It is not an academic nor a technical exercise but it is a sharing of our daily struggles, experiences, and knowledge of...
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