International Day of Rural Women 2016 observed across the world

Oct 15, 2016 07:58 IST

15 October: International Day of Rural Women

The International Day of Rural Women was observed across the world on 15 October 2016.

The theme for the day for the year 2016 is Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.

The theme tries to bring focus on farmers, fishers and pastoralists who are standing on the frontlines of food insecurity as temperatures rise, weather patterns become less predictable and climate-related disasters become more frequent. As key actors in food systems, as small-scale farmers and those in charge of ensuring adequate nutrition for families, rural women are at the centre of this challenge.

As per the United Nations, empowering rural women is a pre-requisite to fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals that aim to end poverty and hunger, achieve food security and empower all women and girls.

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Background

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

The day was established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007.

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.

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