Package 57

# 57: Women are Key to Rural Development

We focus attention on the important contribution that women make in their communities. As development workers, we want to raise awareness of the challenges that women face every day. Women’s work is poorly understood, undervalued and underestimated. Women in rural areas have very little access to information. They are mostly poor and illiterate. Inexpensive information technologies – such as radio – can play a major role in creating awareness, enhancing information exchange, and enabling women to adopt technologies and techniques with the potential to bring positive change.