Established by the United Nations, the International Day of Rural Women recognises “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty”.
It acknowledges, and values, the strength and tenacity that lies within individuals in communities. This often underappreciated resource has the capacity to change lives and communities for the better.
The UN’s theme for this year’s event, ‘Rural women cultivating good food for all’, speaks to this and also highlights the potential of rural women the world over to make lasting and meaningful change to their communities.
While the Australian rural women’s experience differs to that of rural women in developing economies, something they have in common are the qualities of resilience, determination, resourcefulness and a commitment to helping their communities thrive.