The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008, established by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007. This year, the theme is ‘’No to gender based violence.’ It is pertinent to note that gender based violence can be economic, emotional, psychological and physical. Beating up a woman shows a high degree of ferocious cruelty and by denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future.
Women deserve to be valued and treated as any other human being, reinforcing their dignity. This is why the United Nations recently launched a programme to empower rural women and enhance their dignity and worth.”
Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In Zimbabwe, they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods. In addition, they carry out vital functions in caring for children, older persons and the sick critical functions that gender based violence interferes with.
Pledge to end gender based violence, to stand with women and girls, to spread the word about the challenges they face, the potential they hold and to implement the simple solutions that help them survive and thrive.