Established by the UN with the aim of recognizing rural women for their contribution to rural and agricultural development, the eradication of poverty and the improvement of food security.

“Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do, it is a fundamental ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition. On average, women make up just over 40% of the agricultural workforce in developing countries, and can reach over 50% in certain parts of Africa and Asia. However, they face significant discrimination when it comes to ownership of land and livestock, equal pay, participation in decision-making by entities such as agricultural cooperatives, and access to resources, credit and market for their farms and farms to prosper”, the United Nations say.

The UN General Assembly resolution urges Member States, in collaboration with United Nations organizations and civil society, to implement measures that can improve the lives of rural women, including those in indigenous communities and those with disabilities.

Among its projects, the International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights – UNESCO carries out the meetings “Women of the Land. Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Compilation of knowledge and experiences for the implementation of the SDGs”, which aims to analyze the challenges faced by rural women in these regions and reflect on their historical and emerging demands.

The second meeting is scheduled within the framework of the International Day of Rural Women this year and will take place on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 October. They will be accessed through Zoom and bring together exhibitors from Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Argentina. More information here.