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rural women’s SRHR are not simple and straightforward issues that can be addressed through universal blueprints

We believe that rural women’s SRHR are not simple and straightforward issues that can be addressed effectively and efficiently through universal blueprints developed in urban centres. Strategies to address these have to be placed within the complexities and dynamism rural women represent. Together with our partners and the Asian Rural Women's Coalition (ARWC), we collaborated to give voice to rural women's experiences regarding their SRHR through a traveling journal consisting of 17 inspiring life-stories of rural women from 14 countries from the Global South.

Our work on this constituency goes as far back as the Asian Rural Women’s Regional Consultation in Manila, Philippines in 2007. As a result of the regional consultation, a “Rural Women’s Declaration on Rights, Empowerment and Liberation” (dubbed the “Manila Declaration”) was created. The Manila Declaration demanded and asserted rural women’s rights to self-determination, secure livelihoods, land and productive resources, just wages, health, food sovereignty and democracy.

The first ever Asian Rural Women’s Conference in 2008 that was held in Tamil Nadu, India forged unity among the 700 rural women leaders, national women’s groups, regional networks representing peasants, agricultural workers, indigenous women, Dalit women, workers and migrants from around 21 countries in Asia and the Pacific. These processes paved the way to the formation of the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) in March 2008.