International Day of Rural Women

| October 10, 2015

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Since 2008, the International Day of Rural Women has been celebrated annually on October 15. According to the United Nations, the Day 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.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says: “Collectively, rural women are a force that can drive global progress. We must harness that power.”

According to the UN, rural women are key to achieving the transformation in economic, environmental, and social conditions required for sustainable development. But rural women face many challenges, including limited access to credit, health care, and education. These challenges are further aggravated by the current global food and economic crises and climate change.

One focus of the Day is highlighting the need to empower women. According to the UN, this is important not only to the well-being of individuals, families, and rural communities, but also to overall economic productivity, given the role women play in the agricultural workforce worldwide. For more information on this topic, go to: The role of women in rural development, food production and poverty eradication.

To find out more about the Day, and about events and resources connected with its celebration, go to: http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/