In the Republic of North Macedonia, many girls and boys with disabilities are still segregated in separate schools; a very low percentage reach university.
Activist Elena Kochovska is fighting for their greater inclusion in education and employment.
“The cassava crop cannot be left in the ground too long, because it rots,” says 52-year-old Tukuri Marie Chantal.
It’s a simple equation—with land ownership and better roads, it takes less time and costs less to transport produce, and that means more income for women farmers.
Three years ago, the Government of Cameroon started to build a 250 Km (155 mile) road that would connect rural communities like Yoko with the capital.
The women farmers of Yoko seized their moment to start a cooperative, knowing that the road project would bring more people to the area and create access to larger markets for their produce.
When there is a lack of infrastructure, communities around the world depend on women to close the gaps with their time-consuming, back-breaking labour. Because of the distance, I cannot carry anything if I am walking back,” says Mohn Malambi, a member of SOCCOMAD, a newly formed women’s cooperative in Yoko, central Cameroon.
Women in this community have grown food for generations but didn’t have land right or access to markets to sell the food they grew.
Meeting that goal requires recognizing that women and girls face particular barriers and have different needs.
Progress and real development will only be possible if all people have equal rights and opportunities to thrive.