International Day of Rural Women is a global observance that aims to recognise and celebrate the crucial role and contributions of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating poverty. The day highlights the importance of empowering rural women to achieve gender parity, sustainable development and rural transformation. Acknowledging the vital contributions of rural women not only honours them but also brings attention to their needs, challenges, and opportunities.
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, International Day of Rural Women emphasises that empowering rural women is essential for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. In New Zealand, rural women are highly involved in various aspects of farming, particularly in the dairy sector, horticulture, and viticulture. They also play significant roles in local communities, participating in voluntary work and contributing to the local economy. The day serves as a reminder for New Zealanders to appreciate the hard work of rural women and address their specific needs, which include access to education, healthcare, and equal opportunities in leadership and decision-making processes.
Observance of International Day of Rural Women in New Zealand includes various events, such as workshops, seminars, and conferences, that raise awareness of the importance of rural women's contributions and discuss ways to enhance their welfare and rights. These events provide an opportunity for policymakers, civil society, and other stakeholders to share experiences and best practices to address the needs of rural women effectively. International Day of Rural Women is celebrated annually on October 15, in conjunction with World Food Day (October 16) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).
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