The African First Ladies Peace Mission has applauded African rural women for their resilience in the face of COVID-19, and called for more support to the women for faster recovery of rural economies and livelihoods.
This was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on African First Ladies Peace Mission Dr. Mairo Almakura on the occasion of the 2020 International Day of Rural Women with the theme “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19.
It states that the Mission has solicited global support to African governments in their relentless efforts to end insurgency on the continent, noting that it had taken tolls on the welfare and livelihoods of the rural communities, especially women, girls, and children.
The statement says COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the need for the socio-economic empowerment of the rural women, which the African First Ladies Peace Mission has always joined the United Nations and other stakeholders to advocate.
It expresses the believe that the continent can build back better from the rubbles of the pandemic by strengthening rural women’s sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing.
On the challenges posed by insurgency and conflicts to rural women and livelihoods, African First Ladies Peace Mission enjoin the world to rally behind Africa to overcome the challenge of insurgency, which has gravely affected the rural women and their livelihoods.
The African First Ladies wished the rural women a happy Rural Women Day, pledging to continue to lend their support.