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UN marks rural women’s day — Women capable of reducing figure of hungry people globally by 150 million

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Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19  UN STATEMENT ON THE YEAR 2020 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honours the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide. Many people, government agencies, community groups and non-government associations celebrate the International Day of Rural Women on October 15 every year. Television, radio, online, and print media broadcast or publish special features to promote the day. Panel discussions, research papers, and conferences are also held to review and analyze rural women’s role in society, particularly in areas such as economic improvement and agricultural development. Other activities and events held to promote the day include: Global exchange programs for women in agriculture. The launch of fundraising projects to support rural women. Expos and workshops showcasing rural women’s contribution to their societies. Strategic meetings to present issues on topics, such as empowering women farmers, to policy makers. Some world leaders inspired by this initiative previously proclaimed October 15 as International Rural Women’s Day, drawing special focus on the role of rural women in their countries.  UN STATEMENT ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN — Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19  Rural women – a quarter of the world’s population – work as farmers, wage earners, and entrepreneurs. Less than 20% of landholders worldwide are women. In rural areas, the gender pay gap is as high as 40%. Reducing the gap in labour force participation rates between men and women by 25% by the year 2025 could raise global GDP by 3.9%. If women in rural areas had the same access to agricultural assets, education, and markets as men, agricultural production could be increased, and the number of hungry people reduced by 100-150 million. Women and girls are disadvantaged in this pandemic, a problem aggravated in rural areas. Rural women, with a crucial role in agriculture, food security and nutrition, already face struggles in their daily lives. Now, since COVID-19 and their unique health needs in remote areas, they are less likely to have access to quality health services, essential medicines, and vaccines. Restrictive social norms and gender stereotypes can also limit rural women’s ability to access health services. Furthermore, a lot of rural women suffer from isolation, as well as the spread of misinformation, and a…

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