15 October 2021

A day to celebrate 1,938,250,000 of us

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Did you know that rural women make up a quarter of the world’s population? 


Rural women are  farmers, wage earners and entrepreneurs, and are providing their families with food, which means that they are typically the primary users of forest resources. Yet women and other marginalized or vulnerable groups are often overlooked in forest management. 

At WeForest, we make sure that engagement with women is front and centre, and that all project activities are inclusive - including planting and restoration, which generate valuable income. Women’s interests are a core part of all project decisions and are a key factor for selecting the value chains that we support (nurseries, agroforestry, livestock husbandries). The tools and skills that our projects provide empower women, not only to start or develop their own businesses, but also to participate more actively and meaningfully in natural resource management, growing the confidence to speak out at community meetings or to run for committee positions. The benefits of this can be observed at household and community levels and beyond. 

On this year’s International Day of Rural Women, we recognise the thousands of women who are restoring forests and the ecological and financial health of their communities. 

This is  one woman’s story. Meet Gnilane Diouf.


Vienna Leigh

Communications Manager

Vienna has a B.A. in Language and Linguistics and an M.A. in Literature Studies. She began her career working in publishing and journalism in the UK, then moved into science communication at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. Between 2010 and 2018 she was the Head of Communications and Outreach at IBEC, a bioengineering research institute in Barcelona, Spain. Her passion for the environment and animals led to a position at Eurogroup for Animals and now to the one of Communications Manager at WeForest.