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  • Writer's pictureProfessor Redd, USA

UN International Day of Rural Women – 15 October SDGs 2 and 5

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Link to post on rural women by Mr. Raza Abbas, Pakistan:

The theme for the International Day of Rural Women (15 October) is “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All.” Highlighting "the essential role that rural women and girls play in the food systems of the world." ~UN Women

UN Women did an excellent job of connecting this year’s theme to livelihood when they wrote the following:

“UN Women’s latest report, Beyond COVID-19: A feminist plan for sustainability and social justice, calls for rebuilding the broken global food system from the bottom-up by supporting rural women’s livelihoods to produce and distribute diverse and healthy food crops. With less than 10 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including Zero Hunger (Goal 2) and Gender Equality (Goal 5), UN Women is working to support rural women and girls around the world, to build their resilience, skills and leadership.” ~UN Women

Here is the link to the write-up: UN International Day of Rural Women

I am from one of the most popular urban centers on the planet, Los Angeles, California, USA. I do not have direct rural living experience, but I live in a semi-rural community of farms and ranches. Even so, I am a 15-minute drive from the border of Los Angeles. More so than the community where I currently live, I have learned much about rural women from studying history and social studies and volunteering in Mexico, where I learned about Oaxaca. The highlight of one trip to Mexico was visiting Oaxaca and speaking to rural women weavers (artisans). In Oaxaca, Mexico, 80% of workers comprise an informal economy (not taxed or monitored). The larger number of women earning livelihoods do so in the informal economy as artisans or doing tasks that are an extension of work they do for their families. Men in the informal economy are generally paid better, but Oaxaca is still famous for rural women's contributions. There is nowhere more famous for how women contribute to the economy of Oaxaca than its city and municipality Tehuantepec. Its markets are run by women who have influence and power over its economy, health, and education concerns. Take a spare moment to read a short essay about the power of rural women in Oaxaca: Rural Women in Oaxaca, Mexico

Let’s celebrate rural women today and the livelihood they earn to care for their families and communities. For those rural women in oppressive situations, may their communities and countries align with the Global Goals and realize that the empowerment of rural women is not only a human rights issue but one that could uplift the standard of health and education in their communities and nations.

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