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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

International Day of Rural Women 2015, October 15

Journée internationale de la femme rurale, 15 octobre.

This year’s observance of the International Day of Rural Women falls just after last month’s landmark adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Our challenge now is to seize the opportunity offered by this inspiring new framework to transform rural women’s lives. 
Rural women are a significant, vital and sizeable proportion of humankind. They are farmers and farm workers, horticulturists and market sellers, business women and community leaders.  Rural women are the backbone of sustainable livelihoods and provide food security for their families and communities.  Their work is crucial not only for the progress of rural households and local economies, but also for national economies through rural women’s participation in agricultural value chains.

Yet rural women suffer disproportionately from poverty, and face multiple forms of discrimination, violence and insecurity. Fifteen years of effort under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have produced only marginal improvements in the situation of rural women. Rural women fare worse than rural men and urban men and women for every MDG indicator for which data are available. 
The time has come to turn that around. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have gender equality and women’s empowerment at their core, and include a target to “double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women”. Indeed, rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 SDGs.
To do better for rural women over the next 15 years, we must build on the lessons learned during MDG implementation. Extreme poverty is largely a rural phenomenon. We must build resilient social protection systems, labour and product markets, governance institutions, and civil society organizations so that rural women can both contribute to and benefit from sustainable development.
The International Day of Rural Women is an opportune moment to amplify rural women’s voices and experiences from around the globe. Let us act on our commitment to creating opportunities for rural women across every relevant goal -- and thereby advance progress for all.
Ban Ki-moon

FORUMInternational Day of Rural Women - October 15

Rural Areas Worldwide

CAMPAIGN :  Start of 17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of Rural Women and their communities 1-17 Oct.

 Launch of the 2015 Rural Women Campaign Kit

 Please remember that the Kit is central to the campaign "17 Days of activism 1-17 October". For this reason we stress that you familiarize yourself with the information contained in the Kit, including the list of 17 Campaign themes, and especially the main  theme of the year.

In addition, we draw your attention to the wide array of suggested ideas for action presented in the Kit to support and assist you in developing your own activities and events, be it at a local, national or international level. Please note that you remain completely free to focus your campaign on the theme(s) of your choice.
For your information, please note that WWSF will cintinue awarding the annual Prize for women's creativity in rural life on 15 October - International Day of Rural Women.

17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of rural women and their communities :1-17 October 2015"

The 17days Themes : We invite you to rise and claim your rights!

1 Oct. Claim your right to development as a woman's right
2 Oct. Claim your right to education for you and your children
3 Oct. Claim your right to safe water
4 Oct. Claim your right to health and wellbeing
5 Oct. Claim your right to adequate housing
6 Oct. Claim your right to live in a clean environment
7 Oct. Claim your right to mitigate and adapt to climate change
8 Oct. Claim your right to economic development & autonomy
9 Oct. Claim your right to information & communication technology
10 Oct. Claim your right to land and inheritance
11 Oct. Claim your right to decision-making and leadership
12 Oct. Claim your right to security, safety and an end to violence
13 Oct. Claim your right to peace
14 Oct. Claim your right to hold your leaders accountable
15 Oct. Claim your right - Celebrate rural women & the International Day of Rural Women
16 Oct. Claim your right to food & participate in the World Food Day
17 Oct. Claim your right to an adequate standard of living & Participate in the Intl. Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Launch of The 2015 Rural Women Campaign Kit

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