In its efforts to promote women’s rights; TUBIBE AMAHORO in partnership with ActionAid International Rwanda is implementing the project called Women’s Rights for Sustainable Livelihoods. This project has the purpose of piloting practical solutions to reduce the unpaid care work of women smallholder farmers, increase their access to, and control over, food and resources, and improve the environment in which they farm. The project aims to help women smallholder farmers to organise, gain knowledge and skills on climate-resilient sustainable agriculture, challenge their existing and disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work, and make their demands heard by decision makers.
Women smallholder farmers in Karongi district are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change because of their reliance on natural resources, limited control of access to food and other resources, exclusion from important decision-making processes regarding climate change impacts and unequal gender roles and cultural norms. Hence, both AAR and TUBIBE AMAHORO need communities to be practicing CRSA by reducing chemical inputs and adopting sustainable use of natural resources. To achieve this, Murundi and Gitesi women smallholder farmers ToTs received a two days’ capacity building for better transition towards climate resilience for sustainable agriculture.
The training has reached 11 women ToTs community facilitators. The main objectives of the training was to increase the awareness of women farmers at large to deal with climate change in Murundi and Gitesi LRPs and to enhance food security, production and adaptive capacity to climate change induced for the agricultural sector in Murundi and Gitesi LRPs.
These women ToTs who have been trained considered the training very instructive, and they generated considerable enthusiasm. One the trainee who appreciated the capacity building they got from the training states her happiness:
“I have personally lived through and seen how the climate has changed, and I have experienced the devastating impact these changes have had on our community’s specifically women’s livelihoods. Now I know about the hazards and risks that I and my community face. This is one of the best trainings I’ve ever taken. The training that we have been delivered through the support of ActionAid and TUBIBE AMAHORO was a great method to prepare us for a lot of things that we are going to come across at some stage in our careers and personal lives. We learned about what to expect at work places and what is expected of us. We feel much more confident about our skills now. To recognize this support, we have to respond well when disaster strikes but also need to be prepared before it. We are now a committee which will coordinate our interventions and we’ll secure our peer women’s livelihoods” says UWIZERA Seraphine, 32, Ruhinga cell, Gitesi sector one of the trainees.