International Day of Rural Women

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This international 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.”

Governments and society need to pay attention to their needs and invest in them, pursuing the political and socioeconomic empowerment of rural women and supporting their full and equal participation in decision-making at all levels, take them into account in their policies, developing specific assistance programs, and advisory services to promote economic skills of rural women in banking, modern trading and financial procedures and providing microcredit and other financial and business services, or designing laws to ensure that rural women are accorded full and equal rights to own land and other property, just to name a few.

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How gender research supports rural women during times of crisis.

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Inclusive seed business model empowers women from marginalized communities in Nepal.

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Women in Odisha, India, successfully shoulder responsibility in leading their families through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Women in rural Nepal prosper from training program on soil fertility management practices.

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Technical and business training provides women with opportunities to break barriers and improve livelihoods.

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On the International Day of Rural Women, October 15, meet farmers who are leading their families and their communities to a better life.

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Long-term research on climate-smart agriculture in Malawi has improved the productivity, resilience and prospects of Mary Twaya, a single mother of three.