International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Gender Issues in Agriculture and Rural Employment in Wenchuan: The Place of Women

With a growing disparity in wealth in China, peasant farmers are left behind while the rest of the nation economically progresses. Rural folk, particularly men and young people are forced to migrate away from their villages to work for better salary in the main agglomerations such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, etc. These facts further destabilize farm resources and family structures and force women to bear the brunt of labour demands at home including household demands and farm labour. New strategies and efforts are required to create effective sustainable rural development models to respond to their problems and needs. However, in order to overcome those gaps and challenges, women of rural areas are playing a pivotal role and their contribution should be deemed decisive to the overall success of rural development and employment.

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