Women Rise Up


Women Rise Up for Rights and for Land and Resources

Women play essential roles in ensuring food security and in working towards food sovereignty. Rural women are seed savers, land tillers, producers, nurturers, community builders, mass movement leaders and family managers. They are very vital in the overall societal development.

Yet, they remain marginalised and their roles seriously and continuously eroded by various threats on land, seeds, water and other productive resources, which are crucial for rural communities who depend on these to survive. For instance, land grabbing by corporations and states is a serious threat to land tillers around the globe particularly women land tillers in rural regions. The lack of genuine agrarian reform in many countries bring about many other threats to rural women – lack of access to land and resources, depressed wages for agricultural workers, lack of job opportunities, among others. Domestic Violence is also a serious issue women face every day. Class and caste discrimination, also remain. Women and their communities’ exposure to pesticides and GMOs as farmers, agricultural workers and as consumers are another issue of concern.

Against this landscape, the Women Rise Up campaign serves as a platform to strengthen rural women’s assertions and claims to their rights to land and resources and rights to health, safe environment and sustainable livelihoods. This global campaign helps raise public awareness, highlight specific impacts of land and resource grabbing on rural women, and inform and forward rural women’s agenda and demands to opinion and policy makers. Furthermore, this campaign also celebrates the women across the globe rising up for their rights for health, safe environment, sustainable livelihoods and for land and resources. In various emphatic and creative ways, rural women, partner and network groups through this global platform prove themselves more than equal to these tasks.

The most important of which is rural women taking action and leadership in their particular contexts, fully aware that they are rising up in solidarity with other rural women around the globe for common demands and against common adversaries.

Our Campaign Aims

  1. Raise awareness to the broad public and highlight the leadership, roles and assertion of rights of rural women;
  2. Highlight the specific impacts of land and resource grabbing on rural women; as well as impact of pesticides and GMOs;
  3. Inform and forward rural women’s agenda and demands on food security, food sovereignty, land to the landless and agroecology to various opinion makers and policy makers.


Plan a collective action or activity any day from October 1 to 16. Get together with other women’s group, farmers’ organization, or similar advocacy groups in your country. Use the following hashtags: #RuralWomenRiseup #NoLandNoLife when you tweet or share on social media about our work. Or submit a short feature story (maximum 150 words) with photos of a rural woman leader or a successful rural campaign to: nolandnolife@panap.net

Help us promote our cause and mission on social media. When you share photos or updates, remember to add the hashtag #RuralWomenRiseup #NoLandNoLife to help our campaigns go further and get more support. We thank you for your help!

We hope you feel as strongly as we do about rural women and their rights to land and life. If you feel outraged and want to lobby others to do the same, sign our global petition and help rural women defend and assert their land rights. Sign today!

Donate generously to help fund activities and printed materials that will help spread and increase public awareness on the issue of rural women and their rights to land and resources. Thank you!

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