As long as inequalities and discrimination against women persist, bringing about lasting change in society or hoping to reduce world hunger will remain impossible. SWISSAID is a pioneer in strengthening the position of rural women and prioritizes this in all its projects.

While there has been some progress in achieving gender equality in recent decades, equal opportunities still lag behind. Women continue to face challenges in accessing education, employment, receiving equal pay for equivalent work, having a voice in politics, and obtaining credit or land—these opportunities are often more difficult for women than for men. In rural areas, where traditions hold significant influence, women bear the majority of burdens but have limited rights. Violence against women is frequently a taboo subject. Society requires all its strength to make meaningful progress.