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Pakistan: A Women Open School (WOS) facilitator holding a pumpkin from the school garden. The Women Open School (WOS) trains rural women through experiential learning and skill development on pesticide risk reduction, kitchen gardening and small enterprise development such as goat and chicken farming and vegetable seed production. ©FAO/Farooq Naeem www.fao.org

Darfuri women and children wait outside a refugee camp in Bahai, Chad

Indian environmental and “alter-globalization” activist Vandana Shiva is an outspoken campaigner for protecting seed biodiversity against biotech-profiteering and genetic engineering. Her grassroots approach has helped to redefine food security and the “green revolution” as a movement that empowers local food growers, rather than big agribusiness. She is the founder of Navdanya, a NGO based in Dehradun, India that promotes organic farming and seed-saving.

Pakistan: A rural woman harvesting vegetables in a field as part of the Women Open School (WOS), where women gain experiential learning and skill development on pesticide risk reduction, kitchen gardening and small enterprise development (goat and chicken farming and vegetable seed production). ©FAO/Farooq Naeem www.fao.org

Togo: A woman working in a tomato field. ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano www.fao.org

Democratic Republic of Congo: Women harvesting Chinese cabbage. As part of its urban and peri-urban horticulture project, FAO has provided farmers with improved-variety seeds and has rehabilitated irrigation and flood-prevention infrastructures. ©FAO/Olivier Asselin www.fao.org

Mauritania: A farmer family tilling and sowing a field that regularly feeds up to 10 people. ©FAO/Giampiero Diana www.fao.org

Mali is a conservative country due to their devotion towards their strict religion Islam. The women and men are not quite equal. Men are more respected than women

Africa | Beautiful Hamer women shop in a local market, Lower Omo Valley, South West Ethiopia | ©BoazImages

Having an official identification card is key to the rule of law. In this photo, an Egyptian woman holds her card. More on the UN's rule of law work: unrol.org/. Credit: UN Women Gallery, via Flickr. unrol.org/

Democratic Republic of Congo: Women and children walking along a dirt road carrying produce to market in Kabalo. ©FAO/Olivier Asselin www.fao.org