By Theophilus Chuma
Government is intensifying efforts to empower rural women through self-help projects which are part of initiatives meant to bridge the gender equality gap.
The focus is to usher more women into the agricultural sector touted as a quick win to boost incomes for rural women.
On the occasion of the International Day for Rural Women, government hinted on key avenues lined up for women empowerment.
The Deputy Minister – Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Honourable Jennifer Mhlanga said: “There is need to provide support to rejuvenate rural women’s agricultural and other economic activities in order to include them in the development of the country. Empowerment of women is an important strategy to achieve gender equality and inclusive development,” she said.
Given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on livelihoods, government is rallying every sector to provide support to the rural women’s social and productive services, especially in the agricultural value chains.