Taking place on 15th October every year, International Day of Rural Womenis dedicated to the millions of women living in remote, rural places and celebrates the achievements and contributions of these women towards rural development and agriculture. #elaeiswomen highlights the achievements of women in rural areas through cultivating a crop that empowers their personal capabilities and communities as well as impacts the supply chain.
Short introduction of #elaeiswomen: https://youtu.be/u1nt7Jp4Rco Shorter introduction of #elaeiswomen: https://youtu.be/Nv1lyU5Qpow Nurhayati reflects on her continuing struggles as a woman oil palm farmer in Bandar Masilam II, North Sumatera, Indonesia. She shares the unflagging spirits to overcome the challenges of a community leader and to play a role in mitigating the climate change by cultivating a crop which she calls “the trees of life”. To watch Nurhayati’s story, click here:: https://youtu.be/dOIVTc6Xk04 Indai Patrick is a member of the Iban, an indigenous tribe from Niah, Sarawak, Malaysia. She has been working on her family owned oil palm farm alongside her husband for almost 28 years with training from Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). The produces she harvested from the oil palm farm has helped her to provide for her family including her grandchildren. To watch Indai Patrick’s story, click here : https://youtu.be/zpbqvkEq2AA Fanny Germania Ortiz is an enterprising palm grower from Tumaco, the southwestern area of Colombia. A mother and head of household and leader of the project carries out the replanting of palm cultivation in the place where she lives. In 2014, thanks to the leadership and management of Fanny Ortiz and the other association leaders, it was possible to obtain the resources for the plantation of 338 hectares of OxG hybrid oil palm benefiting 51 families. To watch Fanny’s story, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-PbCSb6YfM&t=100s Over the last five years, Ruth Sackey has been operating an oil palm processing mill at Ofoase-Panin in Ghana’s Eastern region. Yet, she says this is not her main source of income. Her oil palm field is. She has been growing the commodity for the last 8 years and now boasts of a 25-acre farm. Ruth employs local women who claimed that they would not have suffered if there had been a business of this earlier. To watch Ruth’s story, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHOEj-QH2TQ&t=186s Elizabeth Rodríguez Gallardo, from El Progreso, Honduras, became an American citizen and was a student of art and fashion design. Her father Julio César Rodríguez, a farmer who owned oil palm plantations in El Progreso, asked her to help him with the administration of the farm, facing one of the main challenges of sexism in the field, where the voice of women does not count and is underestimated. Today she has shown everyone her ability to overcome any barrier as she provides employment to 25 families and is vice president of the mill PALCASA. To watch Elizabeth’s story, click here: https://youtu.be/HCIIyxqsYAU Mrs. Mamel Tamia Milang is a farmer and a trainer who hails from Kokopo, the East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. She is a beneficiary of the Mama Lus Frut scheme, an economic and social initiative for the smallholders developed by the New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL), a subsidiary of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd. To watch Mamel’s story, click here: https://youtu.be/lVYbrdx58lU