Unleashing the potential of rural women to fight poverty

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Rural women as agents of change

Empowering rural women to play a role in fighting hunger and poverty will be the main focus of an annual debate on the status of women worldwide.

The Commission on the Status of Women or CSW opened its 56th session at the United Nations in New York on Monday.

Rural women and girls make up one-fourth of the world's population. Yet they account for a great proportion of the agricultural labour force and grow the majority of the world's food.

Marjon Kamara is the Permanent Representative of Liberia and Chair of the CSW meeting.

"At this 56th session, the Commission's priority theme is the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication in development and current challenges. We will examine the many contributions of rural women to the economy and their communities".

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