This chapter explored the background ofthe study. the statement ofthe problem. purpose ofthe
stud>. the objectives of the study, scope of the study. significance of the study and operational
definitions of key tenns.
1.1 Background of the study
Rural women world o~er are an integral and ~ita1 force in the development processes that are the
key to socio-economic progress. Rural women include farmers. wage workers, petty traders.
artisans. industrial home workers. micro-producers and domestic servants. The) form the
backbone ofthe agricultural labour force across much ofthe developing world and produce 35°/o45% of Gross Domestic Product and well over 50% of the developing world’s food. Yet over
haifa billion rural women are poor and lack access to resources and markets. Johnson, D. (2003).
Since the First World Conference on Women in Mexico in 1975. significant advancements have
been made in awareness of and attention to gender equality issues. women’s rights and the
empowerment of women at global, regional and national levels, with more and more explicit
attention being paid to the situation of rural women. Article 14 of the Convention on the
Itlimination of 411 Fotms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) calls on States parties to
eliminate discrimination against rural women. Khan (1999) provided that The Beijing
l)eclaration and Platform for Action in 1995 highlighted the need for policies and strategies to
improve the situation of women producers in rural areas. increase their incomes and provide
household food security. In 2000, the outcome ofthe twenty-third special session of the General
Assembly drew attention to the large number of rural women working in the informal economy
with low levels of income, little job and social security, and few or none land or inheritance
Marlin. Amanda (2013) construed that the realities of the women in sub Saharan Africa is that
they remain a vulnerable marginalized group that is yet to enjoy equality in status and access to
services and resources,~s ith their counterparts. Women are found at the *ottom rung of poverty
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