"Accelerating Progress Toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women"
The Executive Secretary of Indonesian Farmer and Fisher Society Organization, Lani Eugenia representing the Women constituences of the Indonesian Farmer and Fisher Society Organization in a High Level Panel with IFAD President, Kanayo F. Nwanze on the gender day of Committee on World Food Security (CFS), 39th session, FAO headquarters, Rome 15th October 2012. This panel launched a Joint Programme of UN Women-FAO-WFP-IFAD in Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women
On her speech, Lani Eugenia has emphasized the important points regarding her experiences works with women farmer and rural women about:
1). What are the successful approaches to ensure rural women’s leadership and participation at all levels of decision making?
There are three steps for rural women’s to achieve a successful women’s leadership and participation of decision making. Firstly, to unite rural women’s base on their interest in a form of interest groups that will create power to bargain with public or rural influence actors.
Secondly, with their own existance the women group could be expanded to be an organisation to network with outside or external actors, such as NGO’s, Rural leaders or regional leaders, and other pubics.
Thirdly, ensuring the opportunity to participate for the critical mass to voice the women’s interest in the public issues at the important publicor government forum
2). What is the role of man in breaking gender stereotypes?
Firstly, Men could become as strategic partner for women leader in achieving the goals of rural women development, especially in finding and analising problems till getting the solutions.
Secondly, A partnership in a kind of sharing functions to develop a plan of solving the rural socio economic problems.
3). Which policies have made the greates differences in empowering rural woman economically? And what needs to happen for these policies to be adopted and implemented by others?
Implementation of an empowerment programs to eradicate poverty was one of the among others policy for rural women empowerment conducted by the Indonesian Government. This policy intended to over-come the rural women weaknesses through mutual and cooperative efforts.
In this program at least, there are relation of some factors that are affecting the women’s group dynamic i.e., member characteristics, empowerment patterns, and the social environment.To adopt this affirmative policy on women empowerment, we may firstly identify the local caracteristic and the existing condition of the women’s productivity and dynamics, and also the policy umbrella of its national or local government.
The rural woman empowerment should be optimalize the utilization of local potential that best fit or appropriate with the local communities and norms.
Join togather in this panel also FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, The Executive director of UN Women, Ms. Michele Bachelet, Executive Director of WFP Ertharin Cousin, Minister for Women, Children and Youth of the FDR Ethiopia Zenebu Tadesse, Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (The Netherlands) Gerda Verburg as the moderator and Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Tehmina Janua that giving a statement.