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Why my women farmers and youths weave the web.

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Am a graduate, with passion for farming, food processing and NGO work for youths and women farmers. l get most of my informations, methods, techniques and inspiration for these work form the internet. My greatest challenge is how to get my youths (the girl child) and women farmers to embraced and depend on internet for all their informations, methods, techniques,how to solved and get solutions to all their farms and processing issues. l and my team spotted the followings from our door to door questions and answer on"why don't you like new farming methods and technology found on the internet" (a) lack of education and computer illiteracy. (b) lack of awareness, on the existence, the usefulness, need and important of internet. (c) locations and cyberspace. (d) cyber is meant for the boys and men. (e) fear of harassment by the male counterpart. (f) the rural believed the cyber is for irresponsible and corrupt people, so if women are seen there,will be classified as an halot. (g) It will be wrong for us to divert from our traditional methods. (h) It is time wasting. (I) no funds to pay in the cyber , nor buy phones that connect to network. (j) poor network service. After analyzing all these challenges, we decided to go all out for solutions, here are some of our suggestions. (1) intensive concentration should be on Awareness creation,on the usage, usefulness and need of internet, how the world will be a better place and the slogan"no woman no nation"will be well said if they embrace internet knowledge. (2) Government should build cyber for women.(3) computer trainings should be done in our local language.(4) computer, internet and online issues should form part of our school curriculum from primary.(5) empower NGO, s that figh these cause.

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working with the women is the most enjoyable and important thing in my life.

Eliel sam's picture

" No woman no Nation" we must

" No woman no Nation" we must get them to understand this better.

Eliel sam's picture

WHO IS A SUCCESSFUL WOMAN???

l team a successful woman to be that woman who spend her time and money to affect, worked and impact on other women, she work to bring other women to the limelight. one who can build a firm foundation from the stones others throws at her, She is called a successful woman.

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Many barriers

Dear Eliel,

Your door to door questions really unearthed the many and deep challenges that exist in the minds, hearts and lives of women in Africa. Not just in relation to embracing the internet, but to stepping into full empowerment as women. Your statement "no woman, no nation" really applies to the entire world--the need to bring the feminine into balance with the masculine.

I spent the past 5 years working in rural South Africa. One of the projects we did was a lot of permaculture gardening education. Our biggest hurdle was to get people to see that they could get harvest more and sustain the land more by using new methods of farming. We had to "show" them the results and honor the fact that the traditional methods were not wrong, but that new information that their ancestors didn't have, afforded better ways of being in harmony with the land over time. It was a process. But we did see changes.

I can feel the passion and commitment that fuels your work. It is so inspiring to read about your work and to see that you are working toward BIG solutions. May your work be supported as you lead the way forward. Thank you!

With admiration and respect,
Bheki

Eliel sam's picture

Thanks so much.

I pray that my rural people will see my light and follow to get better solutions to many issues in life . thanks for commenting. Eliel Sam

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