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The Integration of Rural Women in Development

The development process of rural women

Women play a vital role in rural communities. In addition to their economic activities, they also contribute in a major way to both the lives of their families and the village they inhabit. Rural development policies, however, do not often recognize the contribution and role of women to their fair value, hence a loss of effectiveness. The success of a strong rural development strategy depends on the proper investment of the skills, craftsmanship and resources of all citizens as well as the implementation of actions and projects that will meet their different needs. Two principles are essential to the effectiveness of a development approach: The taking into account of equality between women and men, and the active participation of all men and women alike in the development process.

The situation of rural women in Morocco

In all of Morocco, the situation of women remains the same overall:
Women represent more than half the population of the country.
In addition to the domestic chores women do (collecting water from wells, wood collection, meals preparation, being mothers), they participate in all socio-economic activities (agriculture, livestock, crafts, small trade, etc.); They devote 16 to 18 hours a day over the 24 hours of the day to accomplish all these herculean tasks.
Despite all their efforts, women are still under-represented in decision-making institutions.
They face challenges of diverse colors and shapes:

Economic challenges:

A severe lack of financial resources.

Socio-cultural challenges:

  • Unfavorable social status and certain backward cultural practices that keep women in a state of submission
  • In addition to that, the majority of rural women are unaware of their rights and duties.

Educational challenges:

  • A high rate of illiteracy amongst women.
  • A low schooling rate.

Our mission :

We are certain that if we empower women and equip them with sustainable skills, information and livelihoods to achieve their goals and give them both the capacity and space needed to make transformative decisions and choices, we will undoubtedly have dynamic, healthy and inclusive communities. We have created Tifawine in order to participate in the development process of rural women through multiple actions, including:

  • Providing them with the required information and training.
  • Women’s education in all areas.
  • Reducing the intensity of domestic chores.
  • The promotion of income-generating activities (livestock, weaving, embroidery, small business, and taking small lawns).
  • The promotion of health care (creation of a pharmaceutical shop).
  • The promotion of good hygiene.
  • The promotion of food security.