In March Sandra Price (l) and Lidia Roque Cantillano (r) traveled to New York City to attend the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This meeting focused on empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges. This is a topic especially consonant with Sandy and Lidia’s experiences living and working with rural communities in Nicaragua. 

Sandy and Lidia share their impressions of the Commission:

“We appreciated the experience of working through regional caucuses and that our contributions were reflected in the summary report that was given after the first session. We learned something of the strategies for effecting change at governmental levels in our country, and the importance of the work done at the grassroots level as well as local and national levels.

 The experience gave us more of a perspective to view our own local reality in a global context and an appreciation of the gains that Nicaragua has made in the area of gender equality and some programs to alleviate poverty and hunger. Also we saw how difficult and slow is the governments’ progress in addressing and solving all of the many injustices and inequalities that still exist for rural women in particular. We are more aware of the sufferings of women in the world and the interrelatedness of the problems, needs, and victories which women have achieved.” Contact Sandy and Lidia at price@sndden.org


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