International Day for Rural Women

Since 2008, 15 October has been marked as the International Day of Rural Women. Women and girls play a crucial role in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing.

Read the SI Statement on rural women HERE.


This years’ theme is ‘Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls’

Empowerment of rural women is at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Find out more HERE.

The Priority theme for the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women looked at the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls living and working in rural areas. A Soroptimist delegation joined representatives of Member States, UN entities, and other ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all over the world. Visit the CSW62 page to read articles from the event. HERE.

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