The United Nations has dedicated October 15 as the International Day of Rural Women. From agriculture to food security, nutrition, land and natural resource management, domestic care and work, rural women are at the forefront and are taking charge by being in the driver's seat. They collect biomass fuels, process foodstuffs, pump and collect water; 80 per cent of households without piped water rely on women and girls for water collection. As rural women are at the front of the battle lines where natural resources and agriculture are threatened, this year's theme for International Day of Rural Women have been kept keeping the climate change in mind.
International Day Of Rural Women Theme
The theme for this year's celebration is "Rural Women and Girls Building Climate Resistance."
On International Rural Women's Day, United Nations Women, along with the United Nations community, is drawing attention to the implementation of commitments to gender equality. On the occasion, UN Women tweeted, "On International Day of Rural Women, join us in celebrating the invaluable contribution of #ruralwomen to a more sustainable, resilient future for us all!"
The global movement for women's rights must not leave #ruralwomen behind.— UN Women (@UN_Women) October 13, 2019
On 15 October, International Day of Rural Women, join us in supporting ALL women in claiming their rights! pic.twitter.com/6ENZzT6xZf
International Day of Rural Women: UN Secretary-General's Message
"Empowered women have greater capacity to respond to climate change and they play important roles in adopting low-carbon technologies, spreading knowledge about climate change, and urging action," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
"Listening to rural women and amplifying their voices is central to spreading knowledge about climate change and urging governments, businesses and community leaders to act," he added.