CEDAW General Recommendation No. 34 on the Rights of Rural Women

Adopted in 2016, CEDAW General Recommendation No. 34 calls for states parties to legally enforce the right to decent work conditions for female agricultural workers. The marginalization of those in the informal sector and the changing of economic policies leave female farmworkers susceptible to exploitation and unable to access fundamental services. While women are overrepresented among agricultural workers, they are underrepresented in farmers’ organizations and agricultural cooperatives. The CEDAW Committee has recommended that States parties facilitate gender-responsive agricultural development programs and establish a gender perspective in all rural development policies. 

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