Development ideas for helping women

Kashida Khaton, Satkira District, Bangladesh (from the publication)

What Works for Women: Proven approaches for empowering women smallholders and achieving food security

This book has been produced by a group of nine international development agencies, including some of the biggest welfare NGOs. It distills their experiences from their efforts to promote gender equality and working with women smallholders and rural women over many decades. The report is organized around the following main lessons, and also includes case agricultural studies (none from the fish sector, however), conclusions and recommendations. The key chapters, that reflect their summary of successes, are:

  1. Collective action is key to economic and social empowerment
  2. Access to productive resources is essential
  3. Economic empowerment is not enough, underlying gender inequalities must be challenged
  4. Disaster resilience and risk management approaches must be gender-sensitive and integrated with development interventions

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