12.11.2019

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These regions are characterised by poverty, food insecurity, conflicts and weak state structures. In their village communities, women perform a wide range of responsible tasks, but are frequently discriminated against and are unable to participate actively in economic and political decision making. They experience the negative effects of the illegal drug trade on a daily basis. However, their stories and experiences are seldom told.

By tapping on their knowledge and skills, development-oriented drug programmes can better address the needs of affected people on a more sustainable basis and be more effective. Women are a strong pillar of rural communities, and their voices need to be heard. This is the only way to achieve sustainable development.

Author: Sarah David, Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) GmbH, Bonn, Germany
Sarah.David@giz.de


More Information and download:
Raising voices: empowering female farmers in drug crop cultivation areas
By Sarah David; Catalina Gil Pinzón; Elisa Lorenz; Antonia Schmidt; giz, Bonn, 2019:
https://www.giz.de/de/downloads/giz2019-0258en-raisingvoices.pdf

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