The National Movement Of Rural Women Celebrates International Day Of Rural Women On 15 October 2020

The National Movement of Rural Women invites members of the press to celebrate International Day of Rural Women (IDoRW) on the 15th of October 2020.

Observed since 2008, IDoRW – established by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007 – recognises “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

The South African government believes that rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world, they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families’ livelihoods. In addition, they carry out vital functions in caring for children, the elderly and the sick.

The theme for International Day of Rural Women 2020 is “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19,” and aims to “create awareness of these women’s struggles, their needs, and their critical and key role in our society.” The NMRW will be commemorating this day across their social media platforms (@NMRW_RuralWomen) as well as hosting an event at the end of October to explore the far-reaching impact of this pandemic and unpack mechanisms of assistance, relief and upliftment.


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