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

Chad: Women from the village of Boula-Ngara making a wind-breaking fence which allows them to cultivate a market garden. ©FAO/Sia Kambou 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

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

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

Though progress has been made in promoting and protecting women’s rights, women and girls continue to face discrimination in many facets of their lives. In agriculture, for example, discrimination causes female farmers to have less access than their male counterparts to agricultural inputs, services and opportunities, such as land, fertilizer, financial services, education and decent employment.

Stefania Gheorghe with little sisters Florina, Stefania and Sebina while World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim talks to their father at their home in a Roma community in the village of Frumusani. Romania. 10 May 2013. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

A woman carries her belongings and some sugar cane as she flees recent fighting in North Kivu province's Rutshuru region in Democratic Republic of the Congo. © UNHCR/S.Modola

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Women We Love: 11 Environmental Heroines

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.

Africa | People. A woman from the Ndebele tribe in South Africa carries a traditional beer container.