Published: 17 Oct 2020, 12:31 am
Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres called for measures to invest in and help rural women develop resilience to future crises.
Together, we need to invest in rural women so that they have access to the services of health care, social security, and agricultural knowledge they need, "the UN chief said in a message to mark the International Day of Rural Women on 15 October."
"In order to respond to the shadow pandemic of violence against women, we must close the digital gap and provide critical services. And we must tackle the patriarchal laws and practices on land and inheritance that make rural women vulnerable to losing their sources of income," he added.
Let's renew our commitment to rural women in all their diversity on International Rural Women's Day; increase our efforts to help them through the Covid-19 pandemic and work with them to develop their resilience to future crises, "said the UN leader."
Rural women play a critical role in agriculture , food security and land and natural resource management, Guterres said, but many are suffering from "discrimination, institutional racism and structural poverty."
"More than half of the world 's women farmers have now been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic with restrictions on travel, closure of shops and markets, and damage to their supply," he said.
The UN Secretary-General announced that supporting rural women through the pandemic and building their resilience for the future would require "solidarity and support from all."
On 15 October, the International Day of Rural Women is observed annually.
In particular, the event acknowledges the needs of the millions of rural women in developing countries who are often essential to ensuring food security for households.