Take a journey from Kampala to any countryside towns and you will be amazed to see thriving businesses at trading centres on highways where men and women sell food and non-food items. In markets in villages, women are the majority, selling items such as fruits, foodstuffs, clothes, etc. Earnings from sales are spent on family requirements. The rural woman is a vital stakeholder in the household. If you don’t find her at the market place, go to the garden. She starts her day early in the morning by rushing to the water well. She returns and prepares breakfast. She leaves food on fire and proceeds to the market.
While she goes about her routines normally and as a mother living in the remotest part of the countryside, she occasionally has to brave violent husbands in the process of earning a living. Even with little or no formal education to show, the rural woman is endowed with wisdom, perseverance and patience. Yet, she cannot own land because she is a woman. Social protection and access to basic services also do not come easily for her.
It is, therefore, vital that the rural woman partakes of family resources to be empowered. Giving her a share of the resources will enable her to contribute towards food security. A woman’s rights to utilise, control, and own land and other resources is essential in boosting household livelihood.
Simon J. Mone,
SOURCE: Daily Monitor