The difficult road to equalityis much longer and more challenging for rural women, who face many obstacles, including limited access to information and communication technologies. That is the topic of this document, which is the result of aneffort between the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and researchers at the Sociology Department of the University of Oxford, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Our interest in and concerns regarding these issues are not new. We have only become more resolute in our decision to make substantial contributions, through technical cooperation, to the development and implementation of effective and useful public policies to empower women who live and work in rural areas.
The intersection and common patterns between discrimination against rural women and the digital divide that disadvantages them are addressed. Both social structures are unequal in their involvement in developing the potential of a group that fulfills a central task both for agricultural productivity and for the stability and survival of rural families.
To increase the quality of these public discussions, it is important to have an accurate diagnosis of the situation. In that regard, this document makes a fundamental contribution. The result of extensive research, this document addresses trends in, and the correlation between, the discrimination faced by rural women and the digital divide that places them at a disadvantage. Both issues are the result of unequal social structures that hinder the full development of rural women who play a key role in driving agricultural productivity and guaranteeing the stability and survival of rural families. By paying careful attention to the subtle differences between countries on such a vast and diverse continent, the pages of this document describe in detail how social discrimination against women over the course of history, as well as the recent digital divide, can be both a cause and a consequence of inequities and are therefore interconnected.
Here you can read all about this extensive research: