International Day of Rural Women

October 15, 2008

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

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The day was marked with a panel discussion co-sponsored by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which featured a talk by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow, Agnes Quisumbing.

Download audio recording of panel discussion (MP3 48M)