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Empowering Rural Women on Int'l Women's Day

Submitted by staff on Fri, 03/02/2012 - 16:01

The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on February 28, 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated the day in honor of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York. In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating the day on March 8.

This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty. Rural women play a critical role in both developed and developing nations — they enhance agricultural and rural development, improve food security and can help reduce poverty levels in their communities. In some parts of the world, women represent 70 percent of the agricultural workforce, comprising 43 percent of agricultural workers worldwide.

Healthcare, education, gender inequality and limited access to credit, however, have posed a number of challenges for rural women. The global food and economic crisis and climate change have also aggravated the situation. It is estimated that 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women and girls.

So next Thursday, March 8, recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women in the world. Find an event to go to, if you can. More information here.

Brazil's President

President Dilma Rousseff, named the third most powerful women by Forbes, has been recognized for all her work to empower Brazillian women, and she just made an announcement about International Women's Day. In a world where only 10 to 20 percent of all land owner's are women (can that be true!?), I'm glad there are role models like President Rousseff.