Cameroon — As Cameroon joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of the Rural Woman commemorated under the theme, "Empowering Rural Women, Ensuring Food Security and Ending Poverty, " on October 15, the question of who is a rural woman and how does she surmount her challenges was at the centre stage.
In Cameroon, a rural woman is considered as one who dwells in a rural area and depends largely on agriculture, livestock, fishing and mining.
Cameroon's rich landscape makes her activities relatively easy even though she faces a number of challenges including access to funding.
Cameroon's rural woman has however been exposed to a number of positive changes that has affected her mentality over the years.
This mentality change, most of the women argue, is thanks to their affiliation to little groupings and associations where they have been made to understand they are worth more than just the farmlands and the animals they rear.
Having been taught how to develop their businesses and introduced into other self-reliant activities including "njangis", the issue of funding is being partly addressed.
The Government of Cameroon through the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family has also been actively involved in upgrading the status of rural women.
Their production rate has increased due to the training, counselling and donation of farm tools and seedlings they frequently benefit from Government.
These notwithstanding, the rural woman in Cameroon still faces some setbacks including insufficient access to information, inaccessible roads, isolation, influence of stereotypes and difficult access to land amongst others.