• Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
  • Last Update : 04:19 pm

UN for investing in rural women to help build resilience to crises

  • Published at 11:19 am October 16th, 2020
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres makes a statement at UN headquarters in New York City, New York, US, September 23, 2019 Reuters

Covid-19 has affected more than half the world's women farmers, Gueterres said

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for efforts to invest in rural women and help them build resilience to future crises.

"Together, we must invest in rural women so that they have access to the healthcare, social protection and agricultural information services they need," said the UN chief in a message for the International Day of Rural Women observed on Thursday.

"We must close the digital divide and provide essential services to respond to the shadow pandemic of violence against women. And we must tackle the discriminatory land and inheritance laws and practices that make rural women vulnerable to losing their sources of income," he added.

"On the International Day of Rural Women, let us renew our commitment to rural women in all their diversity; increase our efforts to support them through the Covid-19 pandemic; and work with them to build their resilience to future crises," the UN chief said.

Guterres said rural women play a critical role in agriculture, food security and managing land and natural resources, yet many suffer from "discrimination, systemic racism and structural poverty."

"The Covid-19 pandemic has now affected more than half the world's women farmers with restrictions on movement, the closure of shops and markets, and disruption to their supply," he noted.

Helping rural women through the pandemic and building their resilience for the future will require "solidarity and support from all," the UN secretary-general added.

The International Day of Rural Women is observed annually on October 15.

The event particularly recognizes the needs of the millions of rural women in developing countries who are often pivotal to ensuring household food security.

52
51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail