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Why the UN established October 15 as International Rural Women’s Day

Worldwide, one in three female employees is engaged in tasks related to agriculture. Due to this situation, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) determined that Every October 15, the International Day of Rural Women is commemorated.

This initiative aims to recognize the work of women in this area, in addition to their contribution to rural and agricultural development, the eradication of poverty and the improvement of food security.

It is a date for make visible the work of agricultural women, recognize their daily effort to reconcile the hard work of the land, as well as the tasks of raising and caring for the family.

On average, women represent more than 40% of the agricultural workforce in developing countries, being able to reach more than 50% in some parts of Africa and Asia.

However, they face discrimination when it comes to ownership of land and livestock, equal pay, participation in the decision-making of entities such as agricultural cooperatives, and access to resources, credit and the market so that their farms and farms prosper.

All of this translates not only into a worsening of their quality of life, but into a global obstacle to ending poverty and hunger, since if women achieved the same access to resources as men, agricultural production in developing countries would increase between 2.5 and 4%, and the number of undernourished people worldwide would decrease between approximately 12% and 17%.

In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the situation of vulnerability of women and girls in rural areas worsened, resulting in greater difficulty for their access to quality health and education services, in addition to an increase in the burden of domestic and care tasks, and the deepening of situations of gender violence.

In MERCOSUR, rural women were recognized as important actors for the economic and social development of the region. In this sense, in Recommendation No.7 / 2012, the Common Market Council indicated that an improvement in the living conditions of rural women will contribute to making progress towards the eradication of hunger and poverty; sustainable development and protection of the environment.

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