Moving forward on policies towards rural women during the "progressive" period in Uruguay

Authors: Rossana Vitelli*, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
Topics: Women, Agricultural Geography, South America
Keywords: rural women, gender gaps, progressive policies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Proteus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Sensitivity and concern about the reality of women in rural areas only began to be generated in Uruguayan society in a very slow way on the late 80's, when with great commitment some NGOs and groups of rural women began to organize themselves, and formulated demands, working together to make known the reality in which they lived.
Reality has changed a lot since then. The deepening of capitalist relations in the rural environment and the important power acquired by the agroindustry, placed rural women in a different situation of subordination from the one they lived 25 years ago.
In 2005 the country changed its political orientation when the Frente Amplio politic party achieved the government. It was the beginning of a "progressive period" when administration and policies were left oriented. This produced general improvements on the living conditions of the rural population, however gender gaps seem to continue in that medium.
The goal of this paper is to show some changes in the socioeconomic situation of rural women in the period 2000-2014, as well as a balance of agricultural policies from a gender perspective. For this it is used data from the Household Surveys, the General Censuses, and a survey made by OPYPA in 2000.

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