In the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa, FOS works with Women on Farms Project (WFP). It’s a feminist organization that works with women who live and work on commercial farms. WFP seeks to empower farm women primarily through rights-based capacity building for women as well as support for their organization in community based structures. WFP enables farm women to know and claim their rights. Recent campaigns have included violence against women, access to quality healthcare, and proper sanitation facilities on the farms.
In 2016, Women on Farms Project celebrated its 20th anniversary. This was the occasion to look at some key achievements through the stories of women farm workers and dwellers. For the celebration, FOS contributed with the making of a documentary “Everyone Together”. Farm women and girls talk about their experiences, and explain how Women on Farms Project empowered them.
Woman Of Farms strives to strengthen the capacity of women who live and work on farms to claim their rights and fulfil their needs. We do this through socio-economic rights-based and gender education, advocacy and lobbying, casework and support for the building of local structures of farmwomen. We promote self-reliance, accountability and sustainability of organisations so that women organise themselves, speak for themselves and mobilise resources to support their needs and dreams. We believe that self-organisation counteracts the marginalisation, abuse and vulnerability experienced by women in the workplace, home and farming community and ensures their leading role in accessing services and securing employment, land and housing.