Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 1992
The Rural Women`s Movement
This description of Lydia Ngwenya's work was prepared when Lydia Ngwenya was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
Trade unionist Lydia Ngwenya, returning to her rural roots, created the Rural Women's Movement to develop gender consciousness among women, men and youth and to advance issues critical to very poor rural women, including land and water ownership and access, housing, and participation in village decision-making bodies.
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