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Lessons learnt from grassroots women living in rural and indigenous communities

By Esther Mwaura-Muiru

This essay expounds on the Ideas of social contracts experienced from a grassroots women's perspective who live in rural communities and considers what works. It discusses intrinsic social contracts with nature, solidarity economies and capital, placing emphasis on the need to build social contracts from the ground up and thus ensure the ‘micro’ informs the ‘macro’, because the ‘macro’ structures often marginalise or place external threats to the grassroots fabrics of social contracts.