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WECF organizes gender training in Tajikistan

As part of the EWA programme, WECF in cooperation with YEC conducted a gender training in Dushanbe at the end of April 2013

13.05.2013 |Anke Stock

In the framework of the EWA project, Youth Ecological Centre (YEC) in cooperation with WECF organised a gender training for WECF’s local EWA project partners (YEC and ASDP NAU), beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

The overall goal of the WECF Empower Women – Benefit for All (EWA) programme is to contribute to economic and political empowerment of women from low-income rural and peri-urban regions in Central Asia and Southern Africa. The main issues of gender and environment within EWA are how women can access different resources in order to create their own livelihood.

Especially for Central Asia and Tajikistan, as more and more men are leaving the rural areas in order to work abroad women have to be supported to provide them with income for the survival of their families.  Resources which are needed include, inter alia, access to land (land titles), access to loans, seeds, markets and know how.

Although it is difficult to tackle these issues, WECF tries to give critical input to inspire a policy campaign targeted at the agricultural reform in Tajikistan. In addition, the constant empowerment of women, on local/community level as well as on district and national level by leadership trainings is important as a corner stone to establish a long-term and sustainable change towards gender equality. However, men have to be taken along on this path.

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