15 October marks the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women and celebrates and honours rural women play around the world. The day recognises the important role women play in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating poverty.
The first International Day of Rural Women was observed in 2008. The idea of honouring rural women with a special day was put forward at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. It was suggested that October 15 be celebrated as “World Rural Women’s Day,” which is the eve of World Food Day, to highlight rural women’s role in food production and food security.
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