International Day for Rural Women

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 20, 2022, 16:37

More than 40 percent of the agricultural workers are women in developing countries 50 percent or more are in parts of Asia and Africa and 20 percent in Latin America. Despite the substantial women's labour force in agriculture, their efforts are unpaid and underestimated. To provide equal opportunities for all rural women and recognize their valuable contribution to rural development, the United Nations has proclaimed 15th October as the International Day for Rural Women.

International Day for Rural Women History

The UN General Assembly established the International Day for Rural Women on 18th December 2007 through Resolution 62/136 to stress the role of rural and indigenous women in agricultural development.

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International Day for Rural Women Significance

The United Nations observes international days and weeks to raise awareness and educate the general public on concerning global issues, provide resources, and celebrate the achievements of humanity. Similarly, Rural Women Day has been established to uplift rural girls and women and recognize their efforts in agricultural and domestic work that is often unrecognized.

Through World Rural Women's Day, the UN underlines similar issues of social discrimination among rural women and intends to -

  • achieve gender equality among the agriculture labour force
  • empower rural girls and women
  • fight against conditions of extreme poverty and unacceptable problems of hunger and malnutrition faced by rural women
  • eliminate social barriers and discriminatory norms that limit a women's potential to make decisions and keep her from participating in political matters of rural households and communities

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International Day for Rural Women Theme 2021

International Day for Rural Women 2021 focused on these Rural women cultivating good food for all.' On this occasion, the UN recognized the heroines in the food systems of the world' and made a statement pointing out some important facts such as -

  • Although rural women are involved in producing, processing, preparing, and distributing foods, they do not have equal power with men.
  • Rural women earn less income and experience higher food insecurity than their male counterparts.
  • There is an urgent need for rural women to gain equal profits from their productivity.
  • The contribution of rural women in subsistence farming is often underestimated and unremunerated, and their efforts to the rural economy are widely unrecognized.

As part of World Rural Women's Day, the UN Women organization works for rural girls and women around the globe. Apart from standing in solidarity with them, it helps the rural women workforce in agriculture to build their skills, resilience, and leadership.

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FAQs on International Day for Rural Women

Q.1. When was the International Day for Rural Women established?

The United Nations General Assembly established the International Day for Rural Women on December 18, 2007, to recognize gender equality, create equal opportunities, eradicate rural poverty, and empower women and girls in rural areas.

Q.2. When is International Day for Rural Women celebrated?

The United Nations observes October 15th as the International Day for Rural Women.

Q.3. What was the 2021 theme of the International Day for Rural Women?

The International Day for Rural Women 2021 focused on the theme, Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All,' to help rural women around the globe profit from their productivity with good food enjoyed by all.

Q.4. What is the objective of International Day for Rural Women?

The objective of the International Day for Rural Women is to recognize the efforts of rural women and girls in agricultural and domestic work, fight against their conditions of poverty, hunger, and social discrimination, and provide them equal opportunities as their male counterparts.

Q.5. Why is International Day for Rural Women celebrated?

The UN observes October 15th as the International Day for Rural Women to raise awareness about the discriminatory conditions of rural women and girls around the globe and empower them with favourable opportunities in agriculture.