UN International Day of Rural Women
Women living in remote, rural areas are often the most neglected within societies, by less likely to have access to vital health services, good quality education and lack of support. Women in rural areas also tend to suffer from social isolation which is driven by misinformation, gender stereotypes and restrictive cultural norms surrounding what is considered as appropriate work for women.
The International Labor Office estimate that rural women account for one-quarter of the World’s population and the role that their play within their communities is invaluable. Such women account for a large proportion of the labor force within the agricultural sector as well providing the bulk of unpaid domestic work within their households and local communities. Rural women also play a vital role in food security, resource management and building climate resilience, with their workloads ever-increasing due to the out-migration of men to more urban areas.
By empowering rural women, we can eliminate much of the global hardships faced. If rural women had the same access to education and agricultural resources, agricultural productivity would greatly increase and number of those suffering from hunger would decrease by 100-150 million.
Overall, this year has been a challenging year for all due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. However, this has been especially tough on rural women who already face the aforementioned struggles within their usual daily lives.
Hence, this year the UN has themed the International Day of Rural Women as “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19,” to ensure that they are not forgotten about during this global pandemic which is increasing the inequalities faced by the most vulnerable people of our planet.
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