International Day of Rural Women: October 15, 2014

    | October 13, 2014

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    The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15, 2008. This Day, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2007, recognizes: “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

    Rural women play a crucial role in the economy. In most parts of the developing world, they grow crops and raise livestock, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods. They also care for children, older persons and the sick.

    For resources to help you mark the Day on the radio, go to the UN webpage: http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/

    To mark the occasion, the Women’s World Summit Foundation has organized an annual worldwide empowerment and educational campaign since 1997. Celebrations and events take place in more than 100 countries around the world. Find out more at their website: http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=women_15Oct&hl=en_US

    There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the event: https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Day-of-Rural-Women-October-15/201077766627602