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This book is based on the findings from Voices from Women, a research project which focuses on the role of working equine animals in the lives of women and the role of women as carers of the animals.
The research puts the emphasis on listening to women’s views and experiences and understanding their needs and priorities with regards to livestock functions and the multiple roles of women. It shows the multiples roles that working equids play in supporting women and their families and the importance of good animal welfare in enabling those animals to help them.
The research findings from Ethiopia, Kenya, India and Pakistan provide an unequivocal picture of the importance of working donkeys, mules and horses for women from equine owning communities in their own words. From lightening women’s load of daily household chores, to enabling them to earn an income, increasing their decision-making power and enhancing their status within the community, the report finds that working equids make a crucial difference to the lives of women in developing countries and shows the importance of good animal welfare in enabling those animals to help them.