|GATE - 3/87 - Promotion of Woman (GTZ GATE, 1987, 48 p.)|
Considering the key role played by women in the development process, and the restrictions and deficits they are faced with in many areas, it is safe to conclude that the promotion of women is relevant to a great deal of the work done in the field of Technical Cooperation.
Even though the project approach adopted may differ from case to case, women are affected by all measures taken. However, as a result, if the approach is poorly planned, they are often also the ones who suffer. Women must be involved and assisted in all development measures. This applies to all sectors, though it is particularly important in areas where women bear a considerable part of the workload, for example agriculture or water and energy supply.
Most of the GTZ's projects for women are implemented in Africa. They cover a wide range of activities aimed at improving the state of health of women and children, reducing the women's workload in the household, and improving their productive activies as well as their income.
The promotion of women's self help activities goes hand in hand with specialist advisory services for women in many different areas. This promotion takes the form of assistance to existing women's groups in their various activities. For example, in the joint operation of grain mills in Burkina Faso, or oil presses in Mali, women are advised and trained in group management, business calculation and accounting.
However, in spite of all these activities, the promotion of women is still in its infancy. It is a difficult and certainly a long-term process, and it deserves looking at in rather more detail, as we have tried to do in this issue of "gate".