Background to the drought
In response to the 1992 drought in the Eastern province of Zambia, Oxfam held four community workshops in which local people decided upon action to address their most urgent needs. Reports from these workshops show how women suffer in times of drought, walking vast distances in search of food and water for their families. But the discussions also gave hundreds of women a place in village leadership. The drought contributed to a breakdown in male-dominated social structures. This in turn allowed the vital contribution of women to be recognised by men in their households and communities.
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