"The economic empowerment of rural women workers through rights at work, education and public investment"
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Education International, International Trade Union Confederation and Public Services International, supported by International Union of Food Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations, call on Member States at the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women to:
- Ensure that the concept of decent work and the creation of decent jobs are fully incorporated into rural development strategies and strengthen rural labour inspection
- Invest in building the necessary social infrastructure, including health, education, social care, water, sanitation, energy, transportation and other social protection mechanisms, in order to ensure sustainable economic and social development in rural areas
- Review, extend and effectively implement national legislation that covers all rural women workers, including agricultural workers, and ratify and implement ILO Conventions
- Ensure that gender-responsive budgeting, gender mainstreaming and gender sensitive employment policies are systematically integrated into the design and the implementation of rural development policies, programmes and budgets
- Ensure the provision of public quality education free of charge and with adequate facilities, qualified teachers, good sanitation and safe transportation, in order to increase the enrolment and retention of girls in schools and reduce child labour. Incentives for families to send their girls to school, gender-sensitive relevant curricula and textbooks, opportunities for further education and training, and access and entry to the labour market make a difference
- Provide incentives for qualified female teachers to work in rural and isolated areas and introduce measures to ensure their safety and
- Develop and combine rural vocational educational training opportunities and qualifications with employment promotion, which is a recognized link between rural employment, poverty reduction and food security
- Establish consultative processes that call for social dialogue with trade unions; create opportunities for rural women to participate fully and effectively in decisionmaking processes, including development planning.