Sustainability and Cooperation in feminine
Joining the fight against rural poverty with the promotion of gender equality and environmental sustainability is one of the main strategies currently being applied with two aims: to improve the situation of women and their families through paid jobs in environmental conservation and to stop migration to urban suburbs with no infrastructure and little employment opportunities. At the end of the 20th century international organisations and charities had already recognised the role of women as sustainability managers, and a triple strategy was applied to join the fight against poverty with the promotion of gender equality and environmental sustainability. The aim was to improve the situation of women and their families through paid jobs in environmental conservation.
Eradicating poverty in the rural world and among its women in particular means eliminating the subordinate role they must suffer, as this is a barrier to their social and political participation. It implies, among other things, recognising their legal ownership of the land they work, recognising the responsibility of their management and the profits they generate, of their rights of land usage, exploitation and commercialisation. National and local governments support this strategy with different degrees of compromise and success, given that changes in legislation, financing and citizens’ education are needed.
During the last few decades, slow progress has been made with new legislation on agricultural land ownership and use in low income countries. But experience shows that though the passing of laws is necessary and a step forward, observance of the law is not guaranteed. A growing number of organisations has started to Funding environmental projects to fight against poverty and promote women.