Help rural women to thrive says UN Secretary-General

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Women tend crops in rural Afghanistan. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Rural women comprise nearly half the world's agricultural workers, according to the United Nations.

The global body is calling for greater support to help them thrive in its promise to "leave no one behind."

The appeal was made by the UN Secretary-General in a message for the International Day of Rural Women, observed on 15 October.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN chief said rural women grow, process and prepare much of the food that the world eats. 

They are also the "backbone" of their communities. 

Yet many rural women have been forced to migrate due to the effects of climate change and environmental degradation. 

Natural disasters have also added to the challenges they face in accessing food, healthcare, education and information. 

The Secretary-General said simple changes in policy can help rural women to cope with the effects of climate change. 

He provided examples including reducing transaction costs for remittances and providing them with training and information on climate-resistant agriculture and technology. 

Ban Ki-moon recalled that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind. 

To deliver on that promise, he said rural women must be supported so that they can thrive and fulfil their potential without having to leave their communities. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations. 

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