On the International Day of Rural Women, Ban Ki-moon highlights her contribution to sustainable development

15 October 2015

Rural women are disproportionately affected by poverty and face multiple forms of discrimination, violence and insecurity, the United Nations Secretary-General warned today.

In his message on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, which is celebrated every October 15, Ban Ki-moon assured that a month after the historic approval of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the challenge is to seize the opportunity to this new framework to transform their lives.

Rural women are a pillar of sustainable livelihoods and provide food security for their families and communities, as well as contributing to national economies, participating in agricultural value chains.

However, rural women continue to be in a worse situation than men according to all the indicators managed by the UN. Ban urged the international community to reverse that situation.

“For rural women to be able to contribute to and benefit from sustainable development, we must build social protection systems, labor and product markets, and strong governance institutions and civil society organizations,” she said.

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a target to “double the agricultural productivity and income of small-scale food producers, particularly women”. In this context, the Secretary General highlighted the role of rural women in the success of almost all of the 17 SDGs.

In developing countries, rural women account for about 43 percent of the agricultural workforce. Taking into account that 76 percent of the population living in extreme poverty is in rural areas, guaranteeing women’s access to productive agricultural resources contributes to reducing hunger in the world.

15 October 2015

Rural women are disproportionately affected by poverty and face multiple forms of discrimination, violence and insecurity, the United Nations Secretary-General warned today.

In his message on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, which is celebrated every October 15, Ban Ki-moon assured that a month after the historic approval of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the challenge is to seize the opportunity to this new framework to transform their lives.

Rural women are a pillar of sustainable livelihoods and provide food security for their families and communities, as well as contributing to national economies, participating in agricultural value chains.

However, rural women continue to be in a worse situation than men according to all the indicators managed by the UN. Ban urged the international community to reverse that situation.

“For rural women to be able to contribute to and benefit from sustainable development, we must build social protection systems, labor and product markets, and strong governance institutions and civil society organizations,” she said.

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a target to “double the agricultural productivity and income of small-scale food producers, particularly women”. In this context, the Secretary General highlighted the role of rural women in the success of almost all of the 17 SDGs.

In developing countries, rural women account for about 43 percent of the agricultural workforce. Taking into account that 76 percent of the population living in extreme poverty is in rural areas, guaranteeing women’s access to productive agricultural resources contributes to reducing hunger in the world.