World Rural Women’s Day was launched during the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing 1995 by several international NGOs. The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 0ctober 15th 2008. This day established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December, 2007, recognises ‘’the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.’’
In most rural economies of both developing and developed countries, rural women play a vital role. They partake in crop production, livestock care, provision of food and water for their families, and caring for both old, young and the sick.
This reminded me of my grandmas (both late now, God rest their souls), they love the rural settings, never comfortable with the city and urbane life. They were both agile and strong till the later part of their lives where they had to be cared for. Always riling us with stories of the cocoa farm, cassava harvest, fetching water from the streams, going miles to harvest yams, etc.
I had the privilege of experiencing the rural life when I was in the University, whenever I go with a good friend of mine to her village, some miles off the school premises. I see women at work, with their hoes and cutlasses, pots to fetch water, having their laundry done by the river bank, planting of fresh vegetables…etc. I was taught a thing or two, walked miles to and from to fetch water from the stream, sitting with her grandmother to listen to history and tales of days of yore…lolz.
It was an eye-opener for me and it left me relishing the experience of some peace and quiet away from the city chaos.
Secretary –General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon said that, “The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have gender equality and women’s empowerment at their core, and include a target to “double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women”. Indeed, rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 SDGs.”
So, with that I implore you all to appreciate all rural women the world over.
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