Cotton farming and the socio-economic status of women in Zimbabwe
This study explores the impact of cotton farming on the socio-economic status of women. The purposive sample comprise fifty-nine (59) women cotton growers. Studies on gender inequalities highlight the marginalisation of women arising from lack of land rights and limited access to resources. The key findings show the women participating in the cotton farming cycle and distribution of the income. The women were able to acquire personal and household assets, participated in critical meetings and community activities and ventures. Key recommendations are that the government and key stakeholders should promote and support the participation of women in cotton farming. Enabling laws and policies should widen access to land, credit and extension services, training, health and safety. Gender equality should be imbedded through enacting gender sensitive laws, property rights, and elimination of cultural and social barriers.