MNA Feature Desk: On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for Rural Women.
This year’s theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, places empowerment of rural women at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Despite progress on some fronts, gender inequalities remain pervasive in every dimension of sustainable development; and in many areas, progress is too slow to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
These women make up over a quarter the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in agricultural labour force in developing countries.
Yet, they are disproportionately affected by poverty, exclusion and the effects of environmental and climate change. Virtually every gender and development indicator for which data are available reveals that globally, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women. This is clearly expressed in the gaps in rural women’s and girls’ access to infrastructure, services, and social protection.