Patricia Collins: Educating Women, Society, and the Whole World
What problems do rural women face?
Patricia Collins participated in the Second EWF to meet her like minds, exchange best practices, and work for the sake of the future. She took part in two discussion platforms, where she shared about the most relevant issues faced by rural women.
Particia Collins is the CEO of Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).
Socioeconomic situation, quality of education, and housing conditions are the factors influencing longevity. They all aggravate when speaking of rural life. That is what Ms. Collins talked on throughout the session called ‘An Active Long Life: Modern Technologies and Women’s Initiatives’.
Patricia Collins began her speech with the research results published in an American magazine on preventive medicine back in 2014. Dr. Gopal Singh proved that rural causes of mortality are mainly accidents and cardiovascular and chronic diseases. People living in rural areas typically lack access to healthcare and proper education. Their median income is at the middle level as well, and those are the main reasons of the causes mentioned above.
“Local authorities must develop educational and healthcare systems. They should also assist rural citizens, provide housing, and ensure their prosperity. However, that is not true for all rural areas”, the speaker mentioned. ACWW lead the awareness to a new level. Thus, their project was included in the resolution of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and approved by all the signatories.
During the expert debate called ‘Women Tackling Climate Change’, Patricia Collins said: “In 2018, 815 million people suffer from hunger, which is 39 million more, than in 2017. The preliminary data says this year the figures will rise”.
Climate change is mostly affecting rural women, as they make the most part of agricultural products. Thus, Ms. Collins highlighted: “Their income goes down, and they can barely support their families. Rural women have to feed their domestic animals, maintain food security for their relatives, and work on their farms as well”.
The malnutrition can be solved with sustainable land management and proper food distribution. According to ACWW, farms should be provided with the most advanced types of crops.
Patricia Collins also hopes that the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation will change its priorities in terms of the SDGs. She supposes the Organisation has to focus on small farms to make resource management sustainable.
In her interview to the EWC, Ms. Collins mentioned the Second EWF would help combining efforts to solve the problems mentioned. She said: “If we address those issues together, we will find ways to solve them. As they say, by educating women we educate society and the whole world”.
ACWW is now conducting a research on the quality of rural citizens’ living. Patricia Collins encouraged all the women to participate in the online survey and share the link with their friends. The results of the research will be presented in the UN. Ms. Collins concluded by saying: “Those responsible for the UN policy and policy in various countries should know that access to education and healthcare in rural areas is essential for the well-being of rural women”.
Marina Kachkalova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov