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Empower rural women and girls to build prosperous, equitable and peaceful future for all: UN Chief
The International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15 across the world by the UN system and women groups to highlight the 'crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing.'

"The empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous, equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet," stated the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in his released message.

According to the UN, women account for a substantial proportion of the agricultural labour force, including informal work, and perform the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work within families and households in rural areas along with making significant contributions to agricultural production, food security and nutrition, land and natural resource management, and building climate resilience.

"Structural barriers and discriminatory social norms continue to constrain women's decision-making power and political participation in rural households and communities. Women and girls in rural areas lack equal access to productive resources and assets, public services, such as education and health care, and infrastructure, including water and sanitation, while much of their labour remains invisible and unpaid, even as their workloads become increasingly heavy due to the out-migration of men," said the UN website

The world community has been urged raising or reallocating resources to strengthen public services that are essential for women and girls by exercising the political will of using all the available policy tools since the cost of inaction was simply too high.

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