New York, 15 October 2022 (TDI): United Nations (UN) International Day of Rural Women is celebrated on 15 October each year. This day highlights the critical role and contribution of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty.

The theme for this year’s International Day of Rural Women is Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All. This highlights the essential role that rural women and girls play in the food systems of the world.

Significance of International Day of Rural Women

International Day of Rural Women highlights women’s leadership at all levels, from the farm to farmers’ associations to global farmers’ forums.

Moreover, this day emphasizes fostering rural women’s participation and leadership in farmer and producer organizations and other decision-making bodies.

This day is significant in terms of highlighting the role played by rural women in food production and food security. In many underdeveloped countries, women play a critical role in the rural economy.

In addition, women are actively involved in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water, and fuel for their families, and carry out other activities to diversify their livelihoods.

It is significant to observe this day by supporting rural women’s livelihoods to produce and distribute diverse and healthy food crops. In addition, it may be possible to build their resilience, skills, and leadership capabilities.

Moreover, this day offers an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges faced by rural women and to call for action to address these issues.

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History of International Day of Rural Women

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) established the International Day of Rural Women on December 18, 2007. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2007 declaring 15 October as the International Day of Rural Women.

The day focuses on promoting gender quality and highlights the important role played by women in rural areas. It also provides an opportunity to bring attention to the issues faced by rural women and to celebrate their achievements and contributions.