Connect : Connect November 2014
25 Solidaridad is concentrating on the needs and interests of both women and men equally, as both genders need to participate in community decision-making to improve social, educational and livelihood outcomes. Bangladesh is making visible changes and dedicated strides to improve women’s political and economic participation throughout the country - a clear commitment to gender equality, and the people’s aspiration to exist in a more equitable society where women’s empowerment becomes a reality. With the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, advocates for women’s empowerment need to be seeking innovative yet practical ways in which they can approach gender equality. By applying proactive and constructive measures similar to SaFaL, countries such as Bangladesh can continue to progress towards achieving middle-income status and inclusive and sustainable development through female entrepreneurship and financial Reference: CARE Pathways to Empowerment – Increasing the Productivity and Empowerment of Women Smallholder Farmers www.care.org Image opposite page top left: A horticulture farmer with her children Opposite page top middle: The city of Khulna Opposite page top right: Sibilings supporting each other through farming Opposite page bottom: Collecting edible water plants Khulna District Top right: A woman collecting edible water in the Khulna district Top middle: Husband and wife famers in the Khulna District Bottom: A dairy farmer talks to Dr Rokeya Khatun and Vivian "Under the government’s new aid policy 80% of our aid investments will effectively address gender issues because everyone benefits from women’s full participation in economic, political and social life." - Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs The New Aid Paradigm www.dfat.gov.au Gender equality empowering women & girls autonomy.
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