The definition of "rural women's work" and its impact on social policies in the MENA region: CRTD-A parallel event at the UN 56th Commission on the Status of Women





On March 1 the Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action and Women’s Learning Partnership organized a parallel event at the 56th Commission on the Status of Women in New York to discuss the complex issue of rural women's work, and the impact of a narrow definition of "rural women's work" on subsequent social policies and legal framework that continue to penalize rural women in Lebanon and throughout the MENA region. Panelists from CRTD-A and from the Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc elicited discussions with participants on the ways in which conventional statistics fail to capture, value, and compute all aspects of work undertaken by women in rural areas, and offered feminist strategies to critically review and revise mainstream measurements of work. During the well-attended plenary discussions, participants from around the globe validated the analysis presented and backed it up with local examples whilst supporting CRTD-A's suggestion to critically challenge the ways in which rural women's work is defined and measured.

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