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A woman is a mother — and more.

By Rebecca Miranda

There were a lot of sessions at AWID to select from but I focused on my field of interest, which is all about movement building and strengthening the role of rural women in agriculture. All the sessions were exciting to me. I had wanted to learn new ideas, innovative approaches by other women groups from other countries; to hear success stories of how women are able to fight for their right to food security and sovereignty, their right to land and work, etc.  What had their gains been in spite of the difficulties of their struggle? What strategies had they used to cope with the effect of globalization? And most of all, how had these women’s groups transformed realities into economic and political power?

I learned from the sessions that women all over the world, especially those from the field of agriculture, experience the same issues as Filipino women. The effect of the globalization of the economy is the degradation of agriculture and it has brought economic crisis to the whole world. And women are the most affected because they are the ones who must secure the basic daily needs of the household.

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