International Day of Rural Women

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2023 Date15 October 2023
2024 Date15 October 2024

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International Day of Rural Women is dedicated to recognising the crucial role that rural women play in enhanced agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty. The day aims to highlight the unique challenges faced by these women, such as limited access to resources and services, and encourages governments and international organisations to take firm actions in supporting rural women. The observance also emphasises the significance of gender equality and women's empowerment as vital factors in fostering sustainable development globally.

This special day was first established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, in response to a call made by the participants at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. The importance of rural women in Australia cannot be understated, as they play a vital role in maintaining the agricultural sector, which is a significant driver of the Australian economy. Additionally, rural women in Australia contribute to community building and are recognised for their resilience in the face of adversities such as natural disasters and economic downturns.

International Day of Rural Women is observed through various events and activities, including conferences, workshops, and panel discussions focusing on the challenges and opportunities faced by rural women in the country. These events provide a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices, as well as encouraging networking and collaboration among rural women and their allies. International Day of Rural Women takes place annually on 15th October, aligning with global celebrations, fostering solidarity and raising awareness of the significant role rural women hold in our society.

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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
  • Mental health issues can be particularly prevalent among rural women due to isolation, farm stress, and lack of access to services.
  • According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about one third of Australia's female population resides in rural areas. These women play key roles in agricultural and rural development, but they also face specific challenges such as limited access to healthcare, education, and technology.

Top things to do in Australia for this observance

  • Explore and cook traditional recipes from rural Australia. These recipes often reflect the local produce and culinary traditions. Share your creations with friends and family virtually, and use the opportunity to discuss the vital roles of rural women in food production.
  • Find local or national organizations that work towards empowering and improving the lives of rural women in Australia. Research their work, donate if possible, or find out how you can contribute to their cause.

References and related sites

www.un.org: UN International Rural Women Day

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