Wed, 12/10/2016
Une femme rurale prépare sa marchandise pour la vendre à Assouba, en Côte d'Ivoire. Photo ONU/Patricia Esteve


October 15 2016 , International Day of Rural Women

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15, 2008. This day recognizes the role of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

The idea of honoring rural women with a special day was put forward at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. It was suggested that October 15 be celebrated as “World Rural Women’s Day,” which is the eve of World Food Day, to highlight rural women’s role in food production and food security. “World Rural Women’s Day” was previously celebrated across the world for more than a decade before it was officially a UN observance.

Learn more about International Rural Women's day here