International Day of Rural Women on 15th October (Download PDF)


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15th October is the International Day of Rural Women across the world every year to identify the critical role and contribution of rural women. The main aim is to highlight the contribution of rural women, including Indian women in enhancing rural and agricultural development, eradicating rural poverty, and improving food security.

  • Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too” is the theme of 2016.
  • Farmers, pastoralists, and fishers are facing food insecurity due to climate changed because of temperature rise.
  • This is the focus area for the celebrating this day.
  • Empower rural women for Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) the vision of United Nations to end poverty and hunger and achieving food security.

Why International Day of Rural Women Celebrated

 Rural Women Celebrate International Day

Rural Women Celebrate International Day

Rural Women Celebrate International Day

  • One-fourth of the world population is rural women.
  • Depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihood making them most vulnerable group.
  • Developing countries agricultural labour force consists around 43% of the is rural women.
  • Responsible for the production, preparation, and processing making them primarily responsible for food security
  • Contribution is required for poverty alleviation.


  • First International Day of Rural Women was celebrated in 2008.
  • UN General Assembly founded this day under the resolution 62/136 in December 2007.

About SDGs

  • Sustainable Development Goals or “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a set of 17 “Global Goals” with 169 targets shared between them.
  • United Nations along with its 193 Member States, and global civil society developed these goals, which are now contained in paragraph 54 of United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1 from 25 September 2015.
  • These goals and targets are a set of aspiring objectives in the three categories of sustainable development (supported by good governance):

    • Economic development
    • Social inclusion
    • Environmental sustainability

- Published/Last Modified on: October 15, 2016

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