Rural Women Play a ‘Vital Role’ in Climate Action – International Day of Rural Women


Human Wrongs Watch

15 October 2019 (UN Women)*This year on International Day of Rural Women (15 October), we’re celebrating the vital role that rural women play in climate action with a spotlight on “Rural women and girls building resilience” theme.

A woman in Cameroon. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

As the world faces an increasingly critical need to address climate change, the important impact that rural women and girls have on building resilience is undeniable.

It will take not only leaders, but whole populations to make the changes for a carbon-neutral world.

Happy International Rural Women's Day

 

Rural women and girls are leaders in agriculture, food security and nutrition, land, managing natural resource management and unpaid and domestic care work.

They are at the frontline when natural resources and agriculture are threatened. In fact, globally, one in three employed women works in agriculture.

Women also collect biomass fuels, manually process food materials, and pump water; eighty percent of households without piped water rely on women and girls for water collection.

World leaders have committed to gender equality in climate change policy and response, yet progress has still been slow.

On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women is calling for action to support rural women and girls and grow their capacities to respond to climate change through agricultural production, food security, and natural resources management.

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*SOURCE: UN Women. Go to ORIGINAL.

2019 Human Wrongs Watch

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