International Day of Rural Women

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2024 DateOctober 15, 2024
2025 DateOctober 15, 2025

International Day of Rural Women

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International Day of Rural Women History

International Day of Rural Women is dedicated to recognizing the critical role and contribution of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty. The day acknowledges the vital functions these women play in their communities, including their participation in decision-making, conservation of natural resources, and contribution to local economies. The aim is to highlight the importance of rural women in achieving sustainable development and to invest in the improvement of their lives.

This observance was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, in response to a report on the plight of rural women from the UN Women Watch organization. This day is significant, as rural women in the United States also face unique challenges, including inadequate access to healthcare, education, and technology. They often experience wage and work disparities, lack of political representation, and limited availability of social services.

International Day of Rural Women is observed through events and activities that raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by rural women and showcase their accomplishments. This may include panel discussions, workshops, and campaigns highlighting stories of rural women's contribution to sustainable development. It also calls for policy changes that address issues faced by rural women to improve their overall well-being. International Day of Rural Women is observed globally on October 15th each year.

International Day of Rural Women facts

  • The theme for International Day of Rural Women in 2023 was Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All.
  • Globally, one in three employed women work in agriculture.
  • According to the UN, less than 15% of landholders worldwide are women
  • 80% of households lacking direct water access rely on women and girls for water collection.

Top things to do in the US for this observance

  • Spend time reading about and researching famous rural women who made significant contributions in various fields.
  • Educate yourself about the issues faced by rural women in America, such as access to healthcare, economic opportunities, and gender-based inequality.
  • Look for local or national organizations that support and empower rural women. Discover ways to volunteer your time, skills, or donate resources to help these organizations in their mission. Support could involve online mentoring, providing resources, or fundraising activities.

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