Women in selected rural municipalities: resilience and agency against vulnerabilities to climate change

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dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-10 en
dc.date.accessioned 2023-06-02T16:01:35Z
dc.date.available 2023-06-02T16:01:35Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2209
dc.description.abstract The role of rural women in eradicating poverty and ending hunger has been recognised by both scholars and practitioners. There is an acknowledgement that women serve a critical role in the agricultural labour force, subsistence farming, and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa, yet their central role in food security has been largely ignored, particularly in policy (Govender, 2012). Although much of the labour of rural women is not nationally defined as economically active employment these women still spend long hours in undervalued productive and reproductive work to ensure the well-being of their households. Linked to this role is the challenge of dealing with rapidly changing climatic conditions. Women assume primary responsibility in fetching water and wood for meal preparation, and in tilling the ground. They are among the most vulnerable groups to climate change as a result of their precarious environmental livelihoods. Using data from a workshop with rural women to discuss climate change and qualitative interviews with rural women in selected rural communities in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal we explore the meaning of climate change. We report on the way climate change is understood, its effects on rural livelihoods and some responses to climate change problems experienced by the women in the communities. The women in the rural communities highlight that there are also social problems that have arisen from water scarcity. As a result of the household division of labour, rural girls confront particular challenges as they need to search further from home for water and are exposed to the risk of gender violence. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject CLIMATE CHANGE en
dc.subject GENDER EQUALITY en
dc.subject POVERTY en
dc.subject SERVICE DELIVERY en
dc.title Women in selected rural municipalities: resilience and agency against vulnerabilities to climate change en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 101(28.3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup Education and Skills Development en
dc.SourceTitle Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Johannesburg, South Africa en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8402 en
dc.PageNumber 102-114 en
dc.outputnumber 7138 en
dc.bibliographictitle Meyiwa, T., Maseti, T., Ngubane, S., Letsekha, T. & Rozani, C. (2014) Women in selected rural municipalities: resilience and agency against vulnerabilities to climate change. Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity. 101(28.3):102-114. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2209 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2209 en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Meyiwa, T. en
dc.contributor.author2 Maseti, T. en
dc.contributor.author3 Ngubane, S. en
dc.contributor.author4 Letsekha, T. en
dc.contributor.author5 Rozani, C. en

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